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The ability , an essential part of our idea of body , to communicate motion by
impulse is another ( II . xxiii . ... In a lengthy chapter on the idea of ' Power ' ( 11 .
xxi ] Locke distinguishes active from passive power , the power to make or
only an obscure idea of active power ? It is often supposed that Locke has in
mind that all we observe is the bare fact that one ball begins to move after
another has approached and come into contact with it . We do not see why there
should be ...
It follows then that even if we could get a clear idea of active power from
observation of colliding bodies we still would not find the communication or
transfer of motion intelligible . The fact that observation of colliding bodies
provides us only ...
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