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Aristotle - The Organon - index for TOPICA Book 8 Part 5

Premisses generally accepted or rejected without qualification

  
Paragraph 1 Inasmuch as no rules are laid down for those who argue for the sake of training and of examination:
Paragraph 2 The thesis laid down by the answerer before facing the questioner's argument is bound of necessity to be one that is either generally accepted or generally rejected or else is neither:
Paragraph 3 Now since a man who reasons correctly demonstrates his proposed conclusion from premisses that are more generally accepted, and more familiar, it is clear that:
Paragraph 4 (1) where the view laid down by him is one that generally is absolutely rejected, the answerer ought not to grant either what is thus absolutely not accepted at all, or what is accepted indeed, but accepted less generally than the questioner's conclusion.
Paragraph 5 (2) If, on the other hand, the statement laid down by the answerer be generally accepted without qualification, clearly the conclusion sought by the questioner will be one generally rejected without qualification.
Paragraph 6 (3) Likewise, too, if the statement laid down by the answerer be neither rejected generally nor generally accepted;
Paragraph 7 If, then, the view laid down by the answerer be one that is generally accepted or rejected without qualification, then the views that are accepted absolutely must be taken as the standard of comparison:


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