Saturday, 22 April 2000

From "Dialogues concerning natural religion"

By David Hume.

It is in vain therefore, to insist upon uses of the parts in animals or vegetables, and their curious adjustments to each other. I would fain know how an animal could subsist, unless its parts were so adjusted? Do we not find, that it immediately perishes wherever this adjustment ceases, and that its matter corrupting tries some new form? It happens, indeed, that the parts of the world are so well adjusted, that some regular form immediately lays claim to this corrupted matter: and if it were not so, could the world subsist? Must it not dissolve as well as the animal, and pass through new positions and situations: till in a great, but finite succession, it falls at last into the present or some such order?

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