One friend said:
If I can't see what is substantial and noble in a viewpoint I oppose - whether ethical, political, or religious - there's a good chance I haven't understood it, and/or that my own view is grounded in passion more than reason.
So I responded:
When you invoke this principle of 'empathetic authenticity in reasoning' does it have a working title in academia? Did someone invent it before you?
And he said:
I always assumed it was common sense.
Another friend said
Yes I agree with Plato's view on rhetoric.
I'm hunting through Plato quotes and I can't find this one. (But it sounds plausible.)
My question is: Did Plato say "In order to argue, you must express your opponents argument better than they could?"