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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            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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