Enthymeme

July 20, 2012 No Comments

Enthymeme: general term for an argument with a gap (missing premise).

The word “enthymeme” actually originates (in the historical record, that is) in Aristotle’s Rhetoric (Book 2, S21). He defines an enthymeme as:

A deduction dealing with practical subjects.

His discussion focuses on arguments made by the ‘practical’, i.e. under- or un-educated people regarding practical matters.

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