By Paul Slomkowski
This paintings bargains with Aristotle's "Topics," a textbook on tips on how to argue effectively in a debate organised in a definite manner. The origins of the 3 branches of common sense are available right here: common sense of propositions, of predicates and of relatives. Having handled the constitution of the dialectical debates and the idea of the predicables, the vital idea of the topos is analysed. Topoi are ideas of arguments designed to assist a disputant refute his opponent and serve as as hypotheses in hypothetical syllogisms, the most type of argument within the "Topics," lines of the crystallization in their thought are available within the "Topics" and "Analytics," the writer analyses a variety of topoi together with these in line with which express and relational syllogisms are built.
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However, Aristotle does not say much about them and they are clearly of minor importance. As for the protaseis "to render the argument more clear" (4) Aristotle expresses himself even more briefly (l57a14-17). lCXT(l) and illustrations (ncxpcx(3oAcxi). Aristotle specifies the examples slightly: they should be to the point and familiar, such as are those from Homer, not those from Choirilos. ). Aristotle does not expand any further on these two notions, but he deals with them in Rhetoric. Example is defined as a rhetorical induction,139 which is similar to the standard induction 14O as given in the definition.
If, as in the example given above, the ans}Verer does not accept the protasis that "the knowledge of opposites is the same", from which the questioner wants to establish that "the knowledge of contraries is the same", he has to establish the latter by induction. g. , Kat ~v50ea) ll7--even if he sees that the questioner wants to establish a protasis which brings him nearer to viCtory. On~ethe answerer has accepted several particular protaseis he has to accept the universal protasis as well,except if he can find a counter-example (evoTaolC;).
El. 17, 176a27-33). On begging the question cf. 9 13, 162b34163a13. e. arrangement and framing of questions1 is in relation to/against another party" (JrPO<; ETEPOV yap Jrav TO TotOiiTOV, 9 I, 155blO). 100 e I, 155blO-16. se DIALECTICAL DEBA1ES 29 seeking for himself, need not care whether or not the answerer will grant a protasis which is too near to the original thesis of the questioner. On the contrary, he tries to make his axioms (ueH6"uua)101 as familiar and near to the question in hand (yvwptlla Kat.
Aristotle's Topics (Philosophia antiqua 74) by Paul Slomkowski