Argument In Thucydides's Peloponnesian War

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In this Essay, I will prove that a certain argument found in Thucydides’s Peloponnesian War is a good argument. The argument is as follows; “An Athenian is always an innovator, quick to form a resolution and quick at carrying it out” (75). I will identify the premises and conclusion, as well as asses, both, the acceptability of those premises, and the logical strength of this argument. The main conclusion is how “An Athenian is always an innovator” (75). This in itself is an argument, because, it is stating the fact that the Athenian people are innovators, all the time. The main point of this argument is also how Athenians are always innovators. There are two premises involved in this argument; the first premise being, how Athenians are “quick to form a…show more content…
These are the main reasons that support the argument of how Athenians are always innovators. The premises are most definitely related to each other, as the second premise is dependant on the first one. Without the first premise, the second one would not make sense on it’s own; saying that the Athenians are quick at carrying it out. Its justifiable to accept these premises, as I believe that when the Corinthians speech occurred, it was considered factual that the Athenians were quick at resolving issues, as well as quick at following them through. Furthermore, further into the text, there are subtle hints that insinuate the aforementioned premises. An example of such is as follows; “... for they never hesitate” and “if they win a victory, they follow it up at once” (76). The first quote hints to their quickness to carry through an idea. Similarly, the second quote insinuates the second premise, yet the first one as well, as it expresses the Athenians ability to quickly decide to go to war again, as well as their quickness to follow it through. The premises and conclusion are unequivocally connected, as the premises support the argument, and also help prove the

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