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A


DISSERTATION


UPON


RHETORIC.





BOOK I.




CHAP. I


General PRELIMINARY.


The art of rhetoric and dialectics[1] are so far related, as they both treat of subjects, which, being common, fall, as it were, under the knowledge of mankind in general, and are not contained within the limits of any particular science. Hence, no man is presumed ignorant of either, to the extent of examining or upholding, defending or refuting, any particular reason within his scope.

  1. By dialectics, Aristotle means that part of logic alone which treats of probability; and is, in fact, what is otherwise called topics: not but that he applies the word often to convey logic in general.