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1768. Excerpt: ... certainty was not made for man, But that man is
so constituted as to do very well without it. The former may
mortify or disturb us a little at first, but the other will set all
to rights again and put us upon a firmer footing than we stood on
before: for while placing our dependance solely upon certainty we
could never be secure that our own imagination in some melancholy
mood or the arts of an adversary, might not start objections to
wrest our idea of certainty from us, and then we should be left in
a state of doubt and despondency as having nothing to trust to: but
being possessed of these maxims we may allow the objections their
full weight without abating of our confidence in the measures we
proceed upon. 30. Hence arises that so much used distinction
between absolute and moral certainty: it is not in the nature of
the latter to exclude all possibility of mistake, and therefore it
is not destroyed by the suggestion of such a possibility.; but it
is in the nature of man to repose an entire acquiescence in it to
the exclusion of all doubt. And for the attainableness of such
certainty I appeal to every man's experience, excepting those who
set all their wits at work to undervalue it, nor mould I except
them could they be depended upon to give an honest answer: but I
reser refer it to all others whether they believe them entertaining
the least doubt of the force of those arguments they bring to
persuade us out of our senses. I shall not undertake to give an
exact definition of moral certainty which may comprize every thing
belonging to the term, but I think a man may be said to possess it
when he is conscious of having had all opportunities of examining a
thing, has considered it thoroughly and impartially, and upon the
issue finds a clear judgement rema...
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