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Unformatted text preview: r, but merely returning one, http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/rhetoric.2.ii.html Seite 12 von 20 The Internet Classics Archive | Rhetoric by Aristotle 01.09.12 23:10 whether they know this or not - in either case the action is a mere return, and is therefore not a kindness even if the doer does not know how the case stands. In considering this subject we must look at all the categories: an act may be an act of kindness because (1) it is a particular thing, (2) it has a particular magnitude or (3) quality, or (4) is done at a particular time or (5) place. As evidence of the want of kindness, we may point out that a smaller service had been refused to the man in need; or that the same service, or an equal or greater one, has been given to his enemies; these facts show that the service in question was not done for the sake of the person helped. Or we may point out that the thing desired was worthless and that the helper knew it: no one will admit that he is in need of what is worthless. Pa...
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