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Analysis of Lectures

The positive moral laws, which are laws improperly so called, may be styled laws or rules set or imposed by opinion: for they are merely opinions or sentiments held or felt by men in regard to human conduct. A law set by opinion and a law imperative and proper are allied by analogy merely; although the analogy by which they are allied is strong or close. A law metaphorical or figurative and a law imperative and proper are allied by analogy merely; and the analogy by which they are allied is slender or remote. Determining the essence or nature of a law imperative and proper, the author determines implicitly the essence or nature of a command; and distinguishes such commands as are laws or rules from such commands as are merely occasional or particular.