- Feb 2019
hey've perhaps almost lost thm,c excellent Capacities which probably were afforded them by nature for the highest things.
A sort of reverse tabula rasa. While this could be a sort of flourish, I don't read it as one.
If we take her at her word, Astell is suggesting that those (rational) capacities which are originally inherit to humans, can, through disuse, gradually recede into nothing.
I have lots of questions about how the hell it got there in the first place and how it goes away etc., but I suspect it has something to do with the imago Dei and the Fall.