Francisco Arenas-Dolz

The place of passions in the deliberation. What deliberative democracy can learn by aristotelian rhetoric

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Keywords: aristotelian rhetoric, deliberative democracy, passions, practical rationality

The aim of this paper is to defend an adequate reading of Aristotle's deliberative rhetoric that allows us to understand practical rationalization as a process of interpretation of human actions. After the consideration of rhetoric as a general human ability that is indispensable for political coexistence, the impact of the Aristotelian rhetorical proposal is pressed, not just as a defense of the importance of rhetoric in a democratic society, but also as a novel attempt to understand what it means to speak of practical rationality.

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