ch2 - Purpose of Today (/Chapter 2): To gain knowledge to...

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    Purpose of Today (/Chapter 2): To gain knowledge to become better writers. To learn how to spot vagueness and how to deal with it. To learn how to spot ambiguity and how to deal with it. And I want to help you with any issues or questions you have  about writing, argumentative papers, and . . .  this class.
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    Format for today to achieve that  purpose This and another slide presentation, discussion,  and a few exercises.
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    The Argumentative Essay:  A type of writing enterprise where one  takes a position on an issue and  supports it with argument.  “The Thesis Defense Paper” also known as
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    . . . consists of five (5) basic  parts. . . 1.  statement   of the issue 3.  arguments   supporting your position And finally  5.  rebuttals of those arguments “The Thesis Defense Paper” 2. your  position 4. a fair   account of  counterarguments
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     The idea here is simple - say in plain terms  what the issue is. “The Thesis Defense Paper” Part 1.  statement   of the issue e.g., “This paper concerns the issue of whether the the war in Iraq is a just or unjust war”
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    Idea is, again simple, you must say in plain terms  what you think is the right side to take on the  issue. “The Thesis Defense Paper” Part 2. your  position E.g., “In this paper, I will use an individual model of killing in self-defense to show that the U. S. was not morally justified in attacking Iraq, since Iraq was, though a threat to U.S. interest, clearly not a threat to the U.S. itself.
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    Here, you make arguments just like we’ve been studying (deductive or  inductive) for your position, i.e., reasons / premises to support a  conclusion. “The Thesis Defense Paper” Part 3.  arguments   supporting your position Your conclusion to your main argument is your thesis.  Thesis statement =  conclusion to main arg. (P1) War is morally justified only if it fits the model for an individual’s killing in self-defense. (P2) The U.S. invasion of Iraq fails to fit that model. (C) Therefore, the war in Iraq is morally unjustified.
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    Here, you present arguments that have been offered for the  other side (sometimes these are your own “mock” arguments). “The Thesis Defense Paper” Part 4. a fair account of  counterarguments Many have argued that the war is morally justified. One argument often given is: (P1) Saddam Hussein was a dictatorial tyrant known in the past to manufacture WMD and killed over 30,000 Kurds. (P2) The U.S. has the power to stop Hussein’s evil empire.
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