- Ed Lee: Aristotle judged debate on character, reasoning, emotion. On character, Kasich won, Huckabee was runner-up, Rand Paul lost
- He says on reasoning, Huckabee won, Trump lost; on emotion, Ben Carson won, Trump lost
Ed Lee is the senior director of debate in the Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education at Emory University, where he has been a debate coach since 2004 and has received national awards for his work. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)The ancient Greeks established a path to winning a debate long ago. The effectiveness of an argument, or its persuasiveness, according to Aristotle in his "Art of Rhetoric", can be determined by analyzing three types of appeals: ethos (character), logos (reasoning) and pathos (emotion). All were on display in the first Republican primary debate Thursday in Cleveland.