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Chapter 10: Rebuttal Definition : An argument that challenges or rejects the claims of another argument. For example: Johannes Kepler’s challenge of the heliocentric theory designed by Nicolas Copernicus. Effective rebuttal arguments depend on critical thinking. -Applying facts and theories to arguments and thoughts. Assessing validity of claims based on evidence. -Critical thinking is involved in many different kinds of arguments, but it is especially important in arguments of rebuttal. There are two ways of rebutting: 1.Refutation- emphasize the shortcomings of the argument that you wish to undermine without really making a positive case of your own. First, challenge the assumptions on which a claim is based.
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Unformatted text preview: Second, question the evidence supporting the claim-Make a case that your opponent has been guilty of one or more fallacies of arguments. 2.Counterargument- emphasize not so much the shortcomings of the arguments that you are rebutting but the positive strengths of the position you wish to support.-Offer an argument of the other point of view, in the hope that it will outweigh the argument that is being rebutted. Be careful, consider the wisdom of audience members to hear all sides of an issue to make up their minds about the merits of the case. Steps to a Rebuttal Argument is on page 186-188...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '07 term at New Mexico.

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