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Êthos In Persuasion And In Musical Education In Plato And Aristotle

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This chapter addresses the angle of the audience in êthos and tries to place the Aristotelian concept of êthos, on which a lot of ink has been spilled, into a larger context. It focuses on the assessment of the abilities of the audience mainly in Plato. According to the author, for Aristotle to develop this one mode of persuasion, êthos through a good character, he needed an uncharacteristically and maybe unrealistically optimistic view about the capabilities of the audience. With regard to the Aristotelian means of persuasion êthos, the author likes to argue here that Aristotle is indebted to a multitude of influences. There is first the insight expressed in Plato’s Gorgias 513c about the response of the audience to the character expressed in speeches, namely that all men are pleased and happy with the character of speeches that is like their own character while they resent the opposite one.

Keywords: êthos; angle of the audience; Aristotelian concept; Gorgias 513c; Plato



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