Aristotle - The Organon - index for TOPICA Book 8 Part 1

The premisses which have to be adopted

Paragraph 1 Next there fall to be discussed the problems of arrangement and method in pitting questions.
Paragraph 2 The sources from which one's commonplace arguments should be drawn have already been described:
Paragraph 3 The necessary premisses through which the reasoning is effected, ought not to be propounded directly in so many words.
Paragraph 4 It is a useful rule, too, not to secure the admissions claimed as the bases of the syllogisms in their proper order, but alternately those that conduce to one conclusion and those that conduce to another;
Paragraph 5 One should also, wherever possible, secure the universal premiss by a definition relating not to the precise terms themselves but to their co-ordinates;
Paragraph 6 Moreover, formulate your proposition as though you did so not for its own sake, but in order to get at something else:
Paragraph 7 Moreover, try to secure admissions by means of likeness:
Paragraph 8 It is a good rule also, occasionally to bring an objection against oneself:
Paragraph 9 For concealment, then, the rules which should be followed are the above.
Paragraph 10 For clearness, examples and comparisons should be adduced, and let the illustrations be relevant and drawn from things that we know, as in Homer and not as in Choerilus;

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