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[76] “But,” it is urged, “the case 'I have a right,' 'You have not,' is similar to 'You have killed a man,' 'I was justified in so doing.'” I do not deny it, but this does not make it a basis. For these statements are not propositions until the reasons for them are added. If they were propositions as they stand, the case could not proceed. “Horatius has committed a crime, for he has killed his sister.” “He has not committed a crime, since it was his duty to kill her for mourning the death of an enemy.” The question is whether this was a justifiable reason, and the basis is one of quality. So too as regards competence.

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