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[16] As an example of complex defence I may quote the pro Rabirio: “If he had killed him, he would have been justified in so doing: but he did not kill him.” But when we advance a number of points in answer to a single proposition, we must first of all consider everything that can be said on the subject, and then decide which out of these points it is expedient to select and where to put them forward. My views on this subject are not identical with those which I admitted a little while ago1 on the subject of propositions and on that of arguments in the section which I devoted to proofs,2 to the effect that we may sometimes begin with the strongest.

1 § 10.

2 v. xii. 14.

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