A Rhetoric of Argument (2nd Edition) by Jeanne Fahnestock, Marie Secor

By Jeanne Fahnestock, Marie Secor

This composition textual content specializes in argument and persuasion utilizing examples, routines, readings, and writing assignments. The textual content courses scholars via constructing a thesis, discovering and organizing proof, and writing and revising numerous varieties of argumentative papers. the second one variation de-emphasizes the language of formal common sense, and all of the readings, examples, and workouts were up-to-date. extra insurance has been given to refutation. regular in either complex composition and moment semester freshman classes.

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In that case, you can go back and revise your thesis. " Or you can keep the more generally worded thesis by asserting that all the examples from this level (in this case national government) are typical of every other level. The point is that when you are working with an abstraction as broad as "representative government," you have to select a strategy for talking about it specifically. Fortunately, a good sense of your audience will constrain your selection. You can build on what your audience understands by "representative government" and use examples it is likely to be familiar with.

The list you made was far from promising; your "reasons" looked like more declarations of feelings. But in order to persuade others you had to produce reasons that were sharable, that did not depend on the tastes and preferences of the individual holding them. By a process of thinking through your preferences and talking them over with others and by continually keeping a lively idea of your audience and 22 - WHAT WE D O NOT ARGUE ABOUT what might convince them in mind, you were able to turn your likes and dislikes into acceptable, sharable reasons that as far as possible approximated the standards of fact and value that your audience probably holds.

Red is a terrific color. 2. Variegated peanut butter ice cream is the pits. 3. St. Laurent's "Opium" is the most exquisite of perfumes. WHAT WE DO NOT ARGUE ABOUT . 19 Imagine asking the holder of any of these positions for grounds of support; then the pronoun I would almost certainly appear. Most people would not try to argue objectively for the exquisiteness of a perfume. " You get the idea. The test of an opinion is whether the grounds of support are purely personal, not whether the pronoun I or a statement of preference is attached to the sentence.

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