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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[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. II.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any
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          Principle of Reaſon or Faith.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">TIS reported of Ariſtotle, that when he
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            ſaw the Books of Moſes, he commended
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            for ſuch a Majeſtick Style, as might become
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            a God, but withal, he cenſur'd that manner
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            of Writing to be very unfit for a Philoſopher:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe there was nothing prov'd in them,
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            but matters were deliver'd, as if they would
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            rather command, than perſwade Belief. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            ?</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">tis obſervd that he ſets down nothing himſelf,
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            but he confirms it by the ſtrongeſt Reaſon that
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            may be found, there being ſcarce an Argu-
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            ment of force for any Subject in Philoſophy,
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            which may not be picked out of his Writings; </s>
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            and therefore ’tis likely, if there were in Rea-
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            ſon a neceſſity of one only World, that he
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            would have found out ſome ſuch neceſſary
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            proof as might confirm it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Eſpecially ſince he
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            Labours for it ſo much in two whole Chap-
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            ters. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now all the Arguments which he
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            himſelf urges in this Subject, are very weak,
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            and far enough from having in them any con-
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            vincing Power. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Therefore ’tis likely that a
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            Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any
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            Principle of Reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However, I will ſet
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            down the two chief of his Arguments from his
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            own Works, and from them you may gueſs
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The firſt is this, ſince every heavy Body
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            doth naturally tend downwards, and every</s>
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