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[10] And perhaps even in actual causes wherever the notion of quality comes into question, there is a certain intrusion of [p. 403] the abstract. “Milo killed Clodius: he was justified in killing one who lay in wait for him.” Does not this raise the general question as to whether we have the right to kill a man who lies in wait for us? What again of conjectures? May not they be of a general character, as for instance, “What was the motive for the crime? hatred? covetousness?” or “Are we justified in believing confessions made under torture?” or “Which should carry greater weight, evidence or argument?” As for definitions, everything that they contain is undoubtedly of a general nature.

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