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[10] Therefore, since it is evident that all men follow this procedure in demonstration, whether they reason strictly
or loosely—since they do not derive their arguments from all things indiscriminately, but from what is inherent in each particular subject, and reason makes it clear that it is impossible to prove anything in any other way1—it is evidently necessary, as has been stated in the Topics,2 to have first on each subject a selection of premises about probabilities and what is most suitable.

1 Or, “by means of the speech it is impossible to prove anything otherwise” (Cope).

2 Aristot. Top. 1.14. πρῶτον: i.e. “the speaker's chief care should be . . .”

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