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So far the good things treated of are universally acknowledged to be such, and we may therefore take it for granted that they are so. We now come to cases of doubtful good things, which are or may be disputed, and which therefore require argument for their support. συλλογισμός here stands for the rhetorical enthymeme, or rather, perhaps, for any kind of regular inference or ratiocination in general. See note on c. 2, 11, and c. 4, 5.

σχεδόν] ‘pretty nearly’, ‘about’. Used in qualification of a too general expression, just like ὡς ἔπος εἰπεῖν. The author means to say that he has given a tolerably complete list, or exact account of them; he does not profess perfect accuracy.

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