Index for Chapter XII
Of the Improvement of our Knowledge
- 1. Knowledge is not got from maxims.
- 2. (The occasion of that opinion
- 3. But from comparing clear and distinct ideas.
- 4. Dangerous to build upon precarious principles.
- 5. To do so is no certain way to truth.
- 6. But to compare clear, complete ideas, under steady names.
- 7. The true method of advancing knowledge is by considering our
- 8. By which morality also may he made clearer.
- 9. Our knowledge of substances is to be improved, not by
contemplation of abstract ideas, but only by experience.
- 10. Experience may procure us convenience, not science.
- 11. We are fitted for moral science, but only for probable
interpretations of external nature.
- 12. In the study of nature we must beware of hypotheses and wrong
- 13. The true use of hypotheses.
- 14. Clear and distinct ideas with settled names, and the finding
of those intermediate ideas which show their agreement or
disagreement, are the ways to enlarge our knowledge.
- 15. Mathematics an instance of this.
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