…claim to be an expert if you’re not one
…provide facts, evidence, and statistics to support your position
For example: while a persuasive paper might claim that cities need to adopt recycling programs, an argument paper on the same topic might be addressed to a particular town. The argument paper would go further, suggesting specific ways that a recycling program should be adopted and utilized in that particular area.
…use strictly moral or religious claims as support for your argument
Controversy in Oregon about the best term to describe how a doctor helps a terminally ill person to die under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act (1994) set me thinking about all the terms we use to describe ways of dying and death. The row in Oregon is between people on the choice side who abhor words like suicide, euthanasia, and Hemlock, while on the anti-choice side they want the foregoing words to be clearly spelled out because, they think, it helps their opposing case.
9 Geoffrey Brennan and James M.
In this section of Principles of Composition we will explore some of the techniques of argument that might come into play in argumentative essays.
Buchanan, David Gordon, Israel Kirzner, et al
Though there are plenty of times in your life when it’s best to adopt a balanced perspective and try to understand both sides of a debate, this isn’t one of them.
10 Geoffrey Brennan and James M.
Controversial in death as in life, the Hemlock Society USA as a name died suddenly on June 13, 2003, in a boardroom in Denver, Colorado. It was 23 years old. Public relations experts and political strategists leaning heavily on focus groups were on hand to usher in the death knell. Months of agonizing debate had preceded the decision because no one could think of a better name!
Born in 1980 in my garage in Santa Monica, California, Hemlock went on to...