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By Jeanne Fahnestock

While it was once first released in 1982, A Rhetoric of Argument constructed a ground-breaking new method of educating argument. The stasis procedure pioneered via Fahnestock and Secor unusual one of the 4 uncomplicated questions that arguments are written to answer:
What is it? (Definition arguments) How did it get that approach? (Causal arguments) Is it reliable or undesirable? (Evaluation arguments) What may still we do approximately it? (Proposal arguments)
These 4 questions, now general in lots of argument texts, provide scholars a positive, attractive strategy to learn readings by way of different writers and to build their very own arguments.

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Once you had an arguable statement and one supporting statement (in fact you would not have had the arguable statement without the support), you looked over those other reasons again and found sharable grounds for some of them. In that way you found even more support for your original arguable statement. WHAT, THEN, IS ARGUMENT? While we have been discussing what argument is not, we have been indirectly suggesting what it is. Now it is time to restate our definitions explicitly. Every argument has four essential elements: 1.

However, a large definite number in the subject, as in example 3 above, gives rise to different problems. In a brief argument you would not be able to give each unit separate attention, so you must adopt a strategy for covering them all. You can at least name all the members to satisfy your reader's curiosity, but you might seize on two or three of the set, discuss them in detail, and treat them as typical, standing for the whole set. What is true about those few must hold for the rest. If, for example, you were arguing for claim 3 above in a brief essay, you might discuss only three states individually-Delaware, Wyoming, and Alaska-assuring your readers that those three states were typical of the eighteen.

It's a manufactured product, plastic music for plastic people. d. The lyrics are illiterate. WHAT WE DO NOT ARGUE ABOUT 27 4. Watching sports on television is an incredible waste of time. a. I have better things to do. b. Joe Garagiola/John M a d d e n / is uninformed. c. I'm tired of commercials for shaving cream, beer, and deodorant. d. Televised sports have ruined too many of my weekends. FOR YOU TO WRITE 1. Write a paragraph of rant. That is, carry on in strong language about something you dislike intensely.

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