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By Dirk van Dalen

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If the argument in question were written down, the ambiguous word might not reveal its intended meaning, since it would have only one spelling. But if the argument were spoken, the word would be disambiguated by its different pronunciations. This is a m a t t e r in dictione precisely because a problem t h a t might cripple the argument in written form would be cleared up in speaking it. 2~ So, whether or not it will bear close scrutiny in every case, Aristotle's intention is to capture a class of argument mistakes that could be avoided by speaking the arguments in question.

It is interesting that the first two monographs of the Organon, the Categories and On Interpretation, seem not to be about logic at all, never mind their occasional references to logical concepts and principles. The Categories contains an elaborate taxonomy of types of change, and On Interpretation is a theory of grammar for the Greek language. In both these works, Aristotle also devotes considerable attention to the phenomenon of ambiguity and to the deductive corruptions to which it gives rise; but when it is borne in mind that Aristotle is taking up the challenge of de-pathologizing philosophy, and that he seeks to do this by holding all theoretical reasoning to the standards of a correct logic, it is not surprising that he should start with an examination of change and ambiguity.

2~ So, whether or not it will bear close scrutiny in every case, Aristotle's intention is to capture a class of argument mistakes that could be avoided by speaking the arguments in question. In contrast, the category extra dictionem would be made up of argument mistakes t h a t cannot be be spotted or avoided in this same way, as for example with begging the question. It is apparent t h a t not everything falling under any of the thirteen subcategories in Aristotle's two lists is a sophistical refutation.

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