"Upon the whole, then, our organs of sense and our limbs are certainly instruments which the living persons, ourselves, make use of to perceive and move with: there is not any probability that they are any more; nor consequently, that we have any other kind of relation to them, that what we may have to any other foreign matter formed into instruments of perception and motion, suppose into a microscope of a staff; I say, any other kind of relation, for I am not speaking of the degree of it: nor consequently, is there any probability, that the alienation or dissolution of these instruments is the destruction of the perceiving and moving agent."
— Butler, Joseph (1692-1752)
The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature (London: Printed for James, John and Paul Knapton, 1736). <Link to ESTC>
Text from The Works of Bishop Butler, ed. David E. White (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006).