“Anyone can become angry—that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in
the right way—that is not easy.” Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
You have learned Aristotle’s artist proofs of ethos, pathos, and logos. You have also read about the difference between emotional intelligence and
general intelligence. What connection do you see between Aristotle’s rhetorical strategies and both general and emotional intelligence (or logos and
ethos)? What could be the value in studying these fields?
Daniel Goleman says that “if there are any two moral stances that our times call for, they are precisely these, self-restraint and compassion” (xii).
Do you agree with his claim that emotional intelligence has equal impact as general intelligence? Why or why not?
As you craft your own thesis about the usefulness of learning emotional intelligence (and work toward your final draft), please incorporate the first
two chapters of Goleman’s book, two additional Goleman chapters of your choice, and two other sources from our class. You can integrate any outside
experience or readings, but you must synthesize our class readings into your essay.
Be sure to shape your essays with ethos, pathos, and logos, to provide concrete and cited examples, and to map the structure of your essay so there is
one idea per paragraph. Each paragraph should support your central claim. Also, be mindful of Trimble’s techniques as you write: Slow down to make
sure your ideas are developed so they are concrete and easy to follow. Know your subject and your audience! Also, please don’t summarize your paper
in your conclusion; instead, leave the reader reflecting and provide a possible solution.