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C 15

Offences against Reputation

Definition Justification Reasons the political. A man is guilty of a mischievous
action, for which owing to one or other of the causes
that have been mentioned he would not be prosecuted
at Law. A person who either was already
his enemy or he was renderd so by the resentment the his antipathy
by] the indignation he has conceived at the view of this very offence, upbraids him with
it to his face, or speaks of it in terms of
censure in other companies. If knowing this, he
sits still under the computation, he suffers by what
he loses of the good will of those who hear of it. If
hoping his adversary will not be able to prove it
against him, he prosecutes him for defamation in a Court of
Justice, he by that means induces him to bring
it to light; at any rate for his own defence, and
perhaps in the way of prosecution. If the report
should prove after all not to not be true, there is no harm done; it
will only recoil on the head of him who propagated set it on
it foot. gave it birth. To p. 17*

Reasons From p. 27 But (say some) permitting men to circulate giving loose in this manner such reports notions to each others disadvantage as they
to the war of tongues can prove to be true or entertained in probable grounds
will be encouraging men them in disturbing one another's
peace. True — it will to a certain degree distrub men's peace; but
no otherwise than the execution of the political
laws would be disturb it. It will contribute to
restrain men from certain actions; but not unless
those actions be such as ought to be restrained. And
by what means how restrain them? either by the very punishment
appointed by the Law, or by a still milder punishment.
They It breeds disturbances among men in society: but
what disturbance? either the same which the Law
cannot breeds for in order to punish offenders, or a less.
It breaks the peace — but how? no otherwise is at any rate as It
worse than as in the execution of the law a minister of justice breaks the man.

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