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The result then appears to be this. Judgment being decision on evidence after deliberation, there seem to be two alternatives. First, either it is seen that the evidence is insufficient and then it is not decided or judged that A is B, and so at most there results the opinion that A is B, not the judgment that A is B, and the man is not deceived even if the opinion is untrue, inasmuch as he knows that it is not a certainty. Or else, it is not seen that the evidence is insufficient and the man decides on evidence which does not prove.

The fact is that, if we look first at what is decided, the man doesn't know that A is B, for ex hypothesi A is not B, nor does he "think" that A is B in the sense of forming an opinion, nor does he suppose that A is B, nor does he believe, strictly, that A is B. The man who decides that evidence proves that A is B doesn't himself "suppose" A is B—the word is quite alien to the attitude—and just the same is true of belief. Secondly, if we look at his attitude to his own mental process, not only does he not "think," "suppose," or "believe" that A is B, but also he does not think, suppose, or believe that he knows A is B; for these phrases are self-contradictory.

They were accused of wresting the laws of their country in such a way as to remove children from the care of their natural and legal guardians; and even of stealing them away and keeping them concealed from their friends and relations. A certain number of men formed themselves into a society for the purpose of agitating the public about this matter. They published grave accusations against individual citizens of the highest position and character, and did all in their power to injure those citizens in the exercise of their professions.

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