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[88] Points of law may be proved in a similar manner; from something greater, as in the sentence “If it is lawful to kill an adulterer, it is lawful to scourge him”; from something less, “If it is lawful to kill a man attempting theft by night, how much more lawful is it to kill one who attempts robbery with violence”; from something equal, “The penalty which is just in the case of parricide is also just in the case of matricide.” In all these cases we follow the syllogistic method.1

1 See III. vi. 15, 43, 88.

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