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>it seems
> strange to call rules "exceptionless" when each
> begins with "Unless",
>

There is a principle (useful in ethics, for
example) to distinguish between rules with
exxceptions and conditional rules. A conditional
rules says "If ... then ---," a rule with
exceptions say "---" but then doesn't work right
in some cases, which may or may not be noted.
Since it is the note that is important here, what
is wanted is conditional rules, not rules with
exceptions. (Kant demanded exceptionless rules
but forgot — usually, anyhow — to require
categorical ones, i.e., non-conditional).

 


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