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Argumentation/Persuasion. Using clear thinking and logic, you will try to convince readers that your opinion/stance on a controversial issue is sound and often urges readers to commit themselves to your side of the topic. An Argumentation Essay.

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argumentation persuasion


Using clear thinking and logic, you will try to convince readers that your opinion/stance on a controversial issue is sound and often urges readers to commit themselves to your side of the topic.

an argumentation essay
An Argumentation Essay
  • An argumentative essay will utilize statistics, report findings, and expert opinion to demonstrate/support your stance on the subject.
  • You will want to incorporate the opposition to your topic into the essay and work on refuting their claims and dissenting views.
  • Refutation means pointing out the problems with the opposing viewpoints, thereby highlighting your own position’s superiority.
greek basic concepts of logic logos
Greek Basic Concepts of Logic: LOGOS
  • Logos—the soundness of your argument: the facts, statistics, examples, and authoritative statements you gather to support your viewpoint.
  • This supporting evidence must be unified, specific, adequate, accurate, and representative.
greek basic concepts of logic pathos
Greek Basic Concepts of Logic: PATHOS
  • Pathos—the emotional power of language: appeals to readers’ needs, values, and attitudes, encouraging them to commit themselves to a viewpoint or course of action.
  • Connotative language—words with strong emotional overtones—can move readers to accept a point of view and may even spur them to act.
greek concepts of logic ethos
Greek Concepts of Logic: ETHOS
  • Ethos—the credibility and integrity of the argument: you cannot expect readers to accept or act on your viewpoint unless you convince them that you know what you’re talking about.
  • Come across as knowledgeable and trustworthy by incorporating logos and taking the opposing views into account.
writing an effective argumentation persuasion essay
Writing an Effective Argumentation-Persuasion Essay

Evidence/Support can be found in many ways:

  • Statistics from a report
  • Fact from a newspaper article
  • Personal observation
  • Examples from an interview
  • Expert opinion cited in a documentary
evaluate your sources
Evaluate Your Sources
  • For each source, you should establish the credibility of the material or person being cited.
  • After each quote, you need to explain the material to the reader and then provide a response.
  • By providing a response to the sourced material, you are integrating the support into your argument.

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inductive reasoning
Inductive Reasoning
  • Involves examination of specific cases, facts, or examples. Based on these specifics, you then draw a conclusion or make a generalization.
  • Evidence: My head is aching
  • Evidence: My nose is stuffy
  • Evidence: My throat is scratchy
  • Conclusion: I am coming down with a cold.
deductive reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
  • Begins with a generalization that is then applied to a specific case
  • This movement from general to specific involves a three-step form of reasoning called a syllogism:

1)Major Premise

2)Minor Premise


example of syllogism
Example of Syllogism
  • Major Premise: In an accident, large cars are safer than small cars
  • Minor Premise: The Hummer is a large car.
  • Conclusion: In an accident, the Hummer will be safer than a small car.
logical fallacies
Logical Fallacies
  • Hasty Generalization
  • Sweeping Generalization
  • Post Hoc Fallacy (“after this, therefore because of this”)
  • Non Sequitor Fallacy (“it does not follow”)
  • Ad Hominen Argument (“to the man”)
  • Appeals to Questionable or Faulty Authority
  • Begging the Question
  • A False Analogy
  • Either/or Fallacy
  • Red Herring Fallacy
  • Appeal to Reader’s Fear or Pity
hasty generalizations
Hasty Generalizations
  • Hasty Generalization: making a claim on the basis of inadequate evidence.
  • Example: It is disturbing that several of the youths who shot up schools were users of violent video games. Obviously, these games can breed violence, and they should be banned.

[Most youths who play violent video games do not behave violently.]

sweeping generalization
Sweeping Generalization
  • Absolute statements involving words such as all, always, never, and no one that allow no exceptions.
  • Examples:

People who live in cities are unfriendly.

Californians are fad-crazy

Women are emotional

Men can’t express their feelings

[These are often considered stereoptypes]

post hoc fallacy
Post Hoc Fallacy
  • Occurs when you conclude that a cause-effect relationship exists simply because one even preceded another.
  • Example:

A number of immigrants settle in a nearby city.

The city suffers an economic decline.

The immigrants’ arrival caused the decline.

[This is simply co-occurrence. There are most likely other reasons for the decline.]

non sequitor
  • Linking two or more ideas that in fact have no logical connection.
  • Example: She uses a wheelchair, so she must be unhappy.

[The second clause has nothing to do with the first.]

ad hominem
Ad Hominem
  • Attacking the qualities of the people holding an opposing view rather than the view itself.
  • Example: Bill Clinton had extramarital affairs, so his views on global policy merit no attention.

[Do the ex-president’s marital problems invalidate his political views?]

appeals to questionable or faulty authority
Appeals to Questionable or Faulty Authority
  • Occurs when the argument fails to provide the credibility of the sourced material.
  • Examples:

Sources show…

An unidentified spokesperson states…

Experts claim…

Studies show…

[If these people and reports are so reliable, they should be clearly identified.]

begging the question
Begging the Question
  • Involves failure to establish proof for a debatable point.
  • Example: The college library’s funding should be reduced by cutting subscriptions to useless periodicals.

[Are some of the library’s periodicals useless?]

false analogy
False Analogy
  • Implies that because two things share some characteristics, they are therefore alike in all respects.
  • Example: Nicotine and marijuana involve health risks and have addictive properties.

“Driving while smoking a cigarette isn’t illegal, so driving while smoking marijuana shouldn’t be illegal.”

[By making this argument, you have overlooked a major difference between these two substances. Marijuana impairs perception and coordination—important aspects of driving—while there’s no evidence that nicotine does the same.]

either or fallacy
Either/or Fallacy
  • Assuming that a complicated question has only two answers, one good and one bad, or both bad.
  • Example: Either we permit mandatory drug testing in the workplace or productivity will continue to decline.

[Productivity is not necessarily dependent on drug testing.]

red herring
Red Herring
  • Introducing an irrelevant issue intended to distract readers from the relevant issues
  • Example: A campus speech code is essential to protect students, who already have enough problems coping with rising tuition.

[Tuition costs and speech codes are different subjects. What protections do students need that a speech code will provide?]

appeal to reader s fear or pity
Appeal to Reader’s Fear or Pity
  • Substituting emotions for reasoning
  • Example: She should not have to pay taxes because she is an aged widow with no friends or relatives.

[Appeals to people’s pity. Should age and loneliness, rather than income, determine a person’s tax obligation.]