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15. Chapter And Lemma

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A doxographical lemma, consisting of name-label plus tenet and very often not including an explicit verb of declaration, combines brevity with maximum amount of information. Most lemmata are compressed abstracts of original statements drawn from the authority indicated by the name-label, or from accounts of the views of such authorities. Adaptation to the diaeretic and thematic context of the particular chapter may produce distorted or fanciful lemmata, and the same may occur through interpretation and actualization of doctrine. Tenets tend to be transformed or even deformed. The name label "Philolaus, the Pythagorean" signifies that the present tenet is attributed to a particular school. There are other cases of Pythagorean doctrines, anonymous in Aristotle, which have been provided with name labels in A.

Keywords: Aristotle; lemma; Philolaus; Pythagoreanism



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