While it is true that the demands of justice will necessarily be stated in terms of general rules of

While it is true that the demands of justice will necessarily be stated in terms of general rules of

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While it is true that the demands of justice will necessarily be stated in terms of general rules of  conduct, it must be recognized that there is no rule that will be exactly what is needed for every  particular occasion. Situations may develop in which it will be necessary to suspend the rules that  under ordinary conditions would be observed. For example, in case of fire, flood, shipwreck, or  famine, the rules pertaining to private property will be set aside in order to preserve human life. In  times of war and other emergencies, the usual demands of justice are disregarded for the sake of  some larger and more-inclusive good. Again, in the punishment of criminals we do not hesitate to  deprive them of their property or their liberty, although in the case of law-abiding citizens, it would be  considered a transgression of their rights to do anything of that kind. In the second part of his discussion of justice, Hume illustrates the 
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