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Arguments. What are we talking about?. What do we mean?. An argument is not a fight or a quarrel. It can be a pleasurable experience It is not a debate Think of it as a group of reasonable persons seeking the best solution to a problem. Implicit or Explicit.

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arguments

Arguments

What are we talking about?

what do we mean
What do we mean?
  • An argument is not a fight or a quarrel.
  • It can be a pleasurable experience
  • It is not a debate
  • Think of it as a group of reasonable persons seeking the best solution to a problem
implicit or explicit
Implicit or Explicit
  • Argument can be implicit or explicit
  • An explicit argument states directly controversial claims and supports them with reason and evidence
  • An implicit argument doesn’t look like an argument
    • It might be a song, poem, story, etc.
features of an argument
Features of an argument
  • An argument requires a justification of claims
    • It is not sufficient to simply give reasons without justification
  • An argument is both a process and a product
    • It is a “living” entity that changes the participants
  • An argument combines truth seeking and persuasion
    • This is a continuum that we the participants must balance
what is the purpose
What is the purpose?
  • The blend of truth seeking and persuasion asks the question, what are we trying to do?
  • Are we trying to get the best solution?
  • Or “win” the argument?
class activity
Class activity
  • Activity 1
    • Mosh pit brain damage
  • Activity 2
    • Homeless ban
  • Both on page 14 of Writing Arguments