Bryan Garsten may be new to the Williams College political science department, but he’s getting some nice face time in The New York Times:

The crucial question for Edwards is whether he can move from charisma to character. Bryan Garsten, a Williams College political theorist whom I met at an Edwards speech, points out that Aristotle believed that the greatest speakers don’t just persuade audiences to accept an argument — they get people to trust their judgment. They use emotion and logic to establish their character, which leaves a deeper impression than the momentary thrill of a standing ovation.

Garsten is teaching “Modern Political Thought” and “Rhetoric and Democracy: Three Debates” this spring.

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