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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...up in the mind, to draw
forth dexterously what may be pertinent to the subject or inquiry
proposed. For topics of invention are of no use to one who knows
little or nothing respecting the subject under consideration; on
the other hand, one who has in his possession, ready prepared, what
may be brought forward upon the question in hand, can, even without
the rules of art and topics of invention, find and bring forward
arguments, though not so promptly and conveniently; so that this
kind of invention (as we have already remarked) is not invention,
properly so called, but only a recollection, or a suggestion with
application. However, since the appellation has come into use, and
has been generally received, it may doubtless be called invention,
since we can apply the expressions chasing and catching to game not
less when hunted within an enclosed park, than when in open
gronuds. But, giving over verbal cavils, this may be laid down:
that the scope and aim of this matter is to attain a prompt and
ready employment of our knowledge, rather than an enlargement or
increase of it. And a two-fold plan may be adopted in order to our
having a store ready for argument. Either to have marked and
pointed out as it were by the finger, on what heads we should
investigate a matter; and this is what we mean by Topic. Or, to
have arguments ready composed and stored up for use on subjects
which more frequently occur and come under discussion; and this we
shall denominate Promptuary. But this latter hardly deserves the
name of science, as consisting rather of diligent preparation than
of 1 any scientifically-constructed body of knowledge. But in this
department Aristotle ingeniously, though mischievously, derides the
Sophists of his day, remarking, ..".
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