The Rhetoric as a Prolegomenon to Aristotelian Political Psychology

21 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 6 Apr 2010

Mark Verbitsky

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Government; affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

The primary purpose of this paper is to show how the simpler psychology of the Rhetoric is helpful for understanding the deeper psychology of the Nicomachean Ethics. In particular, I focus on what rational and emotional appeals say about the psychology of persuasion, and how this psychology helps explain key aspects of the psychology of the Ethics. I conclude by considering the implications this psychology has for the Ethic's teaching on virtue and moral education.

Keywords: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Rhetoric, Political Psychology

Suggested Citation

Verbitsky, Mark, The Rhetoric as a Prolegomenon to Aristotelian Political Psychology. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1580717

Mark Verbitsky (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Government ( email )

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