Critical Argument

Dena Taylor

Abstract


An “argument” is a logically connected series of reasons, statements, or facts (evidence) used to support or establish an idea or point of view (a claim). The purpose of argument is to persuade the reader to accept the claim as true, and/or to undertake some action. Arguments are frameworks designed to help us approach solutions to difficult problems. Critical argument allows us to judge the strengths and weaknesses of our options in a logical fashion. This Guide covers the features of well-written arguments; how to use language to build an argument; and how to transform a weak sample argument into a strong one.

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