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[3] These considerations1 also explain why parental affection is stronger in the mother. Parents then love their children as themselves (one's offspring being as it were another self—other because separate2); children love their parents as the source of their being; brothers love each other as being from the same source, since the identity of their relations to that source identifies them with one another, which is why we speak of ‘being of the same blood’ or ‘of the same stock’ or the like; brothers are therefore in a manner the same being, though embodied in separate persons.

1 That is, greater certainty of parentage, closer affinity and earlier commencement of affection.

2 Or ‘a second self produced by separation from oneself.’

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