Saturday, November 20, 2004


Kimball and Aristotle

In a fine essay on Lichtenberg, Roger Kimball defined aphorisms as "insights shorn of supporting ratiocination." Aristotle in his treatise on Rhetoric 2.21.2 (1394 a, tr. John Henry Freese) said something similar: "Maxims are the premises or conclusions of enthymemes without the syllogism."

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