In this article, Julian Baggini tests the speeches in Parliament on the resolution to bomb Syria/ISIS against Aristotle’s three parts of rhetoric, ethos, pathos and logos, morality, emotion and reason and finds that most, including Hilary Benn’s come up short. He explores the decline of reason in political decision making and while he quotes Chi Onwurah on the issues of reason, he does not quote or highlight any of the Tory MPs who spoke against the resolution who showed a deep understanding of the situation in Syria. At the end of the day though this is an essay on the quality of rhetoric in Parliament and Baggini like me finds it wanting. I recommend you read this.


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