Complete Argument   

Complete Argument

Digital Companion to C. S. Peirce
Complete Argument
1867 | On the Natural Classification of Arguments | W 2:24

every argument has, as portion of its leading principle, a certain principle which cannot be eliminated from its leading principle. Such a principle may be termed a logical principle.

An argument whose leading principle contains nothing which can be eliminated is termed a complete, in opposition to an incomplete, rhetorical, or enthymematic argument.

1880 | On the Algebra of Logic | W 4:167; CP 3.166

a leading principle, which contains no fact not implied or observable in the premisses, is termed a logical principle, and the argument it governs is termed a complete, in contradistinction to an incomplete, argument, or enthymeme.