supportive argument

supportive argument

Supportive argument
There are two main methods of presenting an argument, and in general the one you choose will depend on exactly your task (See Understanding the question and Organising the answer for more information).
Conclusion – Do not repeat your opinion again.

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Trying to keep college students away from downtown on holidays like this would cause lost revenues for downtown merchants. (from examination of Aristotle’s The Expedient)

Hmmm. . . something’s missing, isn’t it? It’s an argument, but not a particularly strong or detailed one. The language is vague, stating that the convention is a good thing, but we don’t really know what it is and don’t have examples of what makes it aligned with the views of persons with disabilities. The argument also mentions that ”a lot” of people live with disabilities, but we’re left with little idea of how many of us are affected.
Without evidence, this trial is going nowhere.

Critical thinking means being able to make good arguments. Arguments are claims backed by reasons that are supported by evidence. Argumentation is a social process of two or more people making arguments, responding to one another–not simply restating the same claims and reasons–and modifying or defending their positions accordingly.

  • Liberal arts is best [claim] because it teaches students independent thinking [reason];
  • That was Newman’s best [claim] because it presented the most difficult role [reason];
  • Global warming is real [claim] because the most reputable science points in that direction [reason].
  • Everyone should stop wearing seat belts [claim] because it would save lives [reason].


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