Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
[31. Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.]
[32. PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.]
[33. PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.]
[34. PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.]
[35. PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.]
[36. PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.]
[37. PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.]
[38. PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.]
[39. PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.]
[40. Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            Before he thought to ſeat himſelf next the
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            Gods: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but now when he had done his beſt,
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            he muſt be content with ſome Equal, or per-
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            haps Superiour Kings.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">It may be, that Ariſtotle was moved to this
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            Opinion, that he might thereby take from
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            Alexander the occaſion of this Fear and Diſ-
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            content; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or elſe, perhaps Ariſtotle himſelf was
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            as loth to hold the Poſſibility of a World
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            which he could not diſcover, as Alexander was
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            to hear of one which he could not Conquer.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis likely that ſome ſuch by-reſpect moved
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            him to this Opinion, ſince the Arguments he
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            urges for it, are confeſt by his Zealous Fol-
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            lowers and Commentators, to be very ſlight
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            and frivolous, and they themſelves grant, what
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            I am now to prove, that there is not any Evi-
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            dence in the Light of natural Reaſon, which
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            can ſufficiently manifeſt that there is but one
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            World.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But however ſome may Object, would it
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            not be inconvenient and dangerous to admit
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            of ſuch Opinions that do deſtroy thoſe Princi-
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            ples of Ariſtotle, which all the World hath ſo
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            long Followed?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">This queſtion is much controverted by ſome
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            of the Romiſb Divines; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Campanella hath Writ
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            a Treatiſe in defence of it, in whom you may
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            ſee many things worth the Reading and No-
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            tice.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0029-01" xlink:href="note-0029-01a" xml:space="preserve">Apologia
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            pro Galilæo.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To it I anſwer, That this Poſition in Philo-
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            ſophy, doth not bring any Inconvenience to
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            the reſt, ſince ’tis not Ariſtotle, but Truth that
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            ſhould be the Rule of our Opinions, and if
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            they be not both found together, we may ſay</s>
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