How to write an Argumentative Essay. This project needs to avoid harsh rhetoric or language that is harmful and hurtful in nature. The point is to be objective and unemotional in your approach. The essay should be written in a fair, academic, respectful, and analytical manner regardless of any of your opinions, feelings, or preconceive-d notions about the topic.
Both sides of your topic must be treate-d with equal attention, both in terms of the number and quality of sources and in the depth and breadth of their presentation in your essay.
Additionally, Both sides should be addresse-d in the same number of paragraphs in roughly equivalent detail, and should be supporte-d by the same number of quality sources. You must identify and define rhetorical devices and logical fallacies on both sides of the argument. Also, be sure you indicate which specific rhetorical device and fallacy you have found, and there is evidence in your sources of these course concepts in practice that is cited in your paper.
Introduction: Identify the issue. Provide the necessary background and/or important recent developments. Define key terms and concepts. Engage the reader and explain the broader significance of the issue. Arguments and Counterarguments: Summarize the best arguments on both sides of the issue. Include relevant research from credible sources used to support each conclusion. Devote at least one paragraph to each side.
Assess the strength of the arguments and the quality of thinking surrounding this issue. Identify weaknesses in critical thinking such as fallacies, rhetorical devices, vague language, and cognitive biases. Also, provide specific examples of how these weaknesses appear in arguments you encountere-d, using terminology and definitions from the course. Be specific! Present evidence from your sources that show these fallacies/biases being use-d.
Evaluate the quality of scientific and anecdotal evidence using the standards of inductive and deductive reasoning describe-d in the course. Consider the quality of causal relationship, analogies, generalizations, and/or moral reasoning.
Analyze the totality of research and offer a critical thinker’s response to the issue. Identify your own position and experience with the issue and explain how your thinking of the subject has evolve-d as a result of your analysis. Your conclusion does not have to be absolute, but it should not be equivocal. If both sides have good arguments, which is better, even if only slightly better, and what is the argument that tips the scales in the sides’ favor? Why does that point tip the scales?