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Click on the phrases to see them in context. The original texts by Immanuel Kant and David Hume are available from the Gutenberg Projet.


Every effect necessarily pre-supposes a cause; effect being a relative term, of which cause is the correlative.

 Now the infinity of a series consists in the fact that it never can be completed by means of a successive synthesis. But this execution of justice, though the principal, is not the only advantage of government. But besides that this interest is only more immediate in the execution of justice among their subjects; besides this, I say, we may often expect, from the irregularity of human nature, that they will neglect even this immediate interest, and be transported by their passions into all the excesses of cruelty and ambition.. But if we are called upon to explain what we mean by substance, and wish to avoid the vice of reasoning in a circle, the answer is by no means so easy.