The little wretch had done her utmost to hurt her cousin's sensitive though uncultivated feelings, and a physical argument was the only mode he had of balancing the account, and repaying its effects on the inflictor.
The arguments of the priests were, in a way, her only connection to the outside world.
ARGUMENT The argument of the Republic is the search after Justice, the nature of which is first hinted at by Cephalus, the just and blameless old man--then discussed on the basis of proverbial morality by Socrates and Polemarchus--then caricatured by Thrasymachus and partially explained by Socrates--reduced to an abstraction by Glaucon and Adeimantus, and having become invisible in the individual reappears at length in the ideal State which is constructed by Socrates.
We too are inspired by that love of poetry which the education of noble States has implanted in us, and therefore we would have her appear at her best and truest; but so long as she is unable to make good her defence, this argument of ours shall be a charm to us, which we will repeat to ourselves while we listen to her strains; that we may not fall away into the childish love of her which captivates the many.
Such an argumentis not only a limitation, but a direct contradiction and negationof the commandment.
We both said it was a matter to be proud of; but this clumsy defence that Evgenie mentions, this strange argument can, of course, only be an accidental case—one in a thousand!”
And by these words If duly weigh’d, that argument is void, Which oft might have perplex’d thee still.
How vain and inconclusive arguments Are those, which make thee beat thy wings below For statues one, and one for aphorisms Was hunting; this the priesthood follow’d, that By force or sophistry aspir’d to rule; To rob another, and another sought By civil business wealth; one moiling lay Tangled in net of sensual delight, And one to witless indolence resign’d; What time from all these empty things escap’d, With Beatrice, I thus gloriouslyWas rais’d aloft, and made the guest of heav’n.
Here still is the true critical style, with exact definitions; but the whole argument is a metaphor, and the object of the criticism is to rouse feelings that will lead to action.
But as these arguments are largely a reductio ad absurdum of other theories, among which that which I am advocating is not included, I cannot regard them as establishing their contention.
Arguments in favour of (for example) memory in plants are only arguments in favour of habit-memory, not of knowledge-memory.
Indeed the only valid argument against woman suffrage that I could think of was the conduct of some of the women who have been for it.
But the arguments by which they supported those different systems, far from being always demonstrations, were frequently at best but very slender probabilities, and sometimes mere sophisms, which had no other foundation but the inaccuracy and ambiguity of common language.
Argument was not his strong point, but holding fast to his opinion certainly was.
This argument has become the philosophical justification for hacking—althoughin practice, hacking usually operates on a much more mundane level.
His political arguments were the joy of his party and the dread of his opponents.
Sri Yukteswar backed away without further argument, like a scolded child.
But—the argument’s not really a fallacy then, is it?
As his argument is obviously an ex parte one, he should, at least, have left this matter out of sight; for had any one been known to see Marie, say on Monday, or on Tuesday, the interval in question would have been much reduced, and, by his own ratiocination, the probability much diminished of the corpse being that of the grisette.
In the statement of any reasoning, the argument may be an entire syllogism, or the premises considered together apart from the conclusion, or in logical strictness the middle term only by which the particular conclusion is connected with the general statement.