Aristotle, and W. Rhys Roberts. Rhetoric. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2004. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Book II, chapter 21.
Aristotle now considers Maxims. A maxim is a general statement about practical conduct. In general, the premise in an enthymeme is a maxim (Aristotle II.21, B. 1394a). Aristotle identifies four types of maxims. Some need a supplement as proof and some do not. Some which have a supplement are part of an enthymeme (Aristotle II.21, B. 1394b). “The use of Maxims is appropriate only to elderly men, and in handling subjects in which the speaker is experienced (Aristotle II.21, B. 1395a).