concept: locus or loci

Caption: Wisdom.

The concept of locus assumes a dual character:

For our purposes either a fixed point, a focal point, or a commonplace—this account hews closer to the rhetoric of the handbooks and the Isocratean tradition.


For our purposes a way to relate terms one to another in an instance of paradigm or an enthymeme. For example, the loci of succession—cause and effect or antecedent-consequence—link terms or clauses according to

(a) what precedes what in a chain of events

(b) what form that precedence may take

This account hews closer to the peripatetic tradition.

Also called the topics of invention.

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