[…] what is often known as Aristotle’s dialectical method. As is well known, an initial stage in this process is tithenai ta phainomena, which includes setting out the relevant endoxa for investigation. And as with the earlier discussions, says Aristotle, in the case of justice, too, our first task is to present those endoxa. Thus, he will first present the reputed and common opinions on the matter; that is, we should not take the material which follows as his own conclusions.This makes it reasonable to take the immediately following reports of what “everyone” means in speaking of justice, quoted above, as something which is supposed to perform that preparatory task, rather than the one of giving us Aristotle’s final word on the matter.
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