"The Eye which is placed in a Level with the Sea, and touches the Surface of it, cannot take any large Prospect upon the Sea, much less see the whole Amplitude of it. But an Eye Elevated to a higher Station, and from thence looking down, may comprehensively view the whole Sea at once, or at least so much of it as is within our Horizon. The Abstract Universal Reasons are that higher Station of the Mind, from whence looking down upon Individual things, it hath a Commanding view of them, and as it were a Priori comprehends or Knows them."
— Cudworth, Ralph (1617-1688)
(III.iii.2, pp. 94-5)