Review of Seth Benardete, The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy

Abraham Anderson, Review of Seth Benardete's The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy Vol. 17 (1997): 443-447.

Students of moral and political philosophy sometimes seem divided between those who seek truth through arguments without regarding their influence on human beings, and those who think that argument, whether in political life or speculation, is a mere mask for power. Since the first abstract from human emotion and temperament, and the second deny the possibility of rationality as such, neither group attends to a central concern of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy, rhetoric as the dimension which mediates between reasoning and emotion.