Aliquis definiverit vinciet – the act of apprehension whereby a term is commonly understood

The first of the 5 Common Topics –   Aliquis definit vincit.

Associated with the first act of reason, or simple apprehension.   A perception proceeds to form a thought, which in turn is abstracted into an idea, and finally denoted by a term.  Terms are the subjects of definition — De-finitio – a ‘bounded’ idea.

  • Who or What is X?
  • What kind of thing is X?
    • Formal or logical cause  (Comprehension, Connotation)
    • Genus and Species
  • What is X not?
  • What are the parts of X?
  • To What group does X belong?
  • What examples of the thing exist?  (Extension, Denotation)
  • Etymological definitions, the history of the word

Grammar includes vocabulary and the practical and theoretical sciences.

Material Logic sets forth the art of definition, division, categories, predication and causes.


Research Plan I

Research Plan I – Friday Week 6

The research plan will eventually evolve into the arguments and grammatical material (logic and grammar) of the Thesis. Beginning with an invention sheet based on the Working Hypothesis, the student conducts an ‘A.N.I’ (affirmative, negative, interesting) assessment based on the Five Common Topics. These results, mostly questions, will indicate the direction of research.

The Five Common Topics are:


Arrange your questions by these categories, approaching each as a positive, a negative, and an ‘interesting’ aspect of the question.