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‘Of enthymemes, those that refute are more popular than those that prove; because a syllogistic conclusion is more clearly drawn (thereby); for opposites are more readily recognised when set beside one another’. Comp. II 23. 30, εὐδοκιμεῖ δὲ μᾶλλον τῶν ἐνθυμημάτων τὰ ἐλεγκτικὰ τῶν ἀποδεικτικῶν διὰ τὸ συναγωψὴν μὲν ἐναντίων εἶναι ἐν μικρῷ τὸ ἐλεγκτικὸν ἐνθύμημα, παράλληλα δὲ φανερὰ εἶναι τῷ ἀκροατῇ μᾶλλον. The ἔλεγχος which is described in Anal. Pr. II 20, 66 b 10, as ἀντιφάσεως συλλογισμός, meets the opponent's conclusion with a counter-syllogism drawing a conclusion contrary to that of the opponent, while the ἔνστασις checks the opponent's argument at an early point by attacking one of his premisses (see Introd. pp. 264, 5).

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