TNH 1.3.14.21

I am aware that this is the most violent of all the paradoxes that I have advanced or will advance in the course of this Treatise, and that only through solid proof and reasoning can I hope to get it accepted and to overcome the ingrained prejudices of mankind. Before people are reconciled to this doctrine, they will have often to repeat to themselves ·the central line of argument·:
•The simple view of any two objects or actions, however they are related, can never give us any idea of power or of a connection between them.
•This idea arises from the repetition of their union. •The repetition doesn’t reveal anything or cause anything in the objects; its only influence is on the mind,
through the customary transition that it produces. Therefore:
•this customary transition is the same as the power and necessity, which are therefore qualities of perceptions rather than of objects, and are internally felt by the soul rather than perceived externally in bodies. Any extraordinary claim is usually met with astonishment, which immediately changes into the highest degree of admiration or contempt, depending on whether we approve or disapprove of what is said. I am much afraid that although the above reasoning seems to me the shortest and most decisive imaginable, the bias of the mind will persist in the general run of readers, giving them a prejudice against the present doctrine.

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