In the second chapter of the first book of Rhetoric, when Aristotle defines the proof based on the ethos (1356a 4-13), he links the credibility of the speaker to the epieikeia, a moral quality typical of the wise man (phronimos) which plays an important role also in the Aristotelian theory of justice (EN 1337a 32-1138a 3). In general, according to Aristotle the specific characteristic of the epieikes is the ability to make judgments and make case-by-case decisions, taking into account the circumstances, even beyond what is established by law (dikaion). In this article we point out that this reference to epieikeia in the rhetoric offers food for thought on the more general issue concerning the evaluation of merit in public discourse.
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|