As for the doctrine that time is nothing but the manner in which some real objects ·or events· exist: this is open to the same objections as the similar doctrine regarding extension. If our disputing and reasoning about •·spatial· vacuum is a sufficient proof that we have the idea of it, we must for the same reason have the idea of time when nothing happens—·that is, of •temporal vacuum·—because there is no commoner subject of dispute. But it is certain that we really don’t have any such idea. For where could it come from? Does it arise from an impression of sensation or of reflection? Point the sourceimpression out distinctly to us, so that we can know its nature and qualities! But if you can’t point out any such impression you may be certain that you are mistaken in thinking you have any such idea.

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