Excerpt from Essays
He then applied these laws of reason to the mo tion of the moon, and using the best observations of the moon then existing, he found these laws were inconsistent with that motion, and cast them aside. But a few' years afterwards, more accurate observa tions were made, which corrected some errors; and he again applied these laws to this corrected motion; and found that the moon perfectly obeyed these laws.
This was the foundation of all astronomy, as it now exists. From that day to this, astronomers have done nothing else, than assume that these laws are absolute, necessary, and universal. And as the hu man mind has advanced in the discovery of the laws of its own reason, and -has worked on the supposition that these laws, which are demonstrably certain and. Inevitable laws of human reason, are also and equally certain and inevitable laws of the. Material universe.
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