- How is X the same as something/someone else
- What makes it different from what it is similar to? (see the predicables)
- What does it not share with the rest of its genus?
- What was it in the past?
- What might it be in the future?
- What is its opposite in kind?
- What is it analogous to?
- Similitude: The current situation is like one that we’ve seen before, i.e., the search for resemblances.
- How is an X different from something/someone else
- To what degree?
- How does it compare to its normal version?
- How does it differ from things that resemble it?
- How is it different from precedents and parallel versions?
- What is its range of variation?
- Is its opposite or contrary better or worse
- Is X better worse than Y? more/less
- How can it be evaluated?
- What is the standard of evaluation?
Logic of comparison deals with the concrete and poesy, compared to the analytic mode of reason that subtracts from essence. “my love is like a red red rose” “God is Love”. Poetic reasoning is more compact and comprehensive than analytic.
Rhetoric of comparison is a formational discipline. The ethical consideration determines what is best regarding choice. The aesthetic consideration determines what is best regarding desirability. Classical Christian Education is emphatically committed to the ‘best’.