Sam Parker 10
The Fundamental Guide of Argumentative Writing
We have been using argumentation and argumentative reasoning to convince ourselves and others of our ideas and theories. You can use argumentative techniques to either champion your idea, point, or argument or you can use it to challenge other established ideas or put down ideas that challenge yours.
Through argumentation one hopes to find the best solution and to reach strong and accepted theories through the process of forming conclusions, refuting them and others in relation to them, and reaching a synthesis if possible.
It is therefore important in argumentative essays that an essay writer become open to criticism and outside opinion. Only through other people, you can work out the kinks in your essay and make your essay foolproof.
Many students who write great argumentative essays may not necessarily be the best thinkers but they sure are the most organized ones.
There are several ways to improve your argumentative essays. It is best to start at the basics of the argumentation.
What defines an argument?
An argument takes on an issue, a subject, or a theory and sets to either justify it, amend it, append it, or refute it. The argument flows from the premises to the final conclusion/ s through various interferences through the use of logic and reasoning. The argument has to be supported by various evidence and examples that can be in the form of statistics, expert opinion, or other arguments. This evidence and its analysis will be part of the inference that will help the reader get from the premise to the conclusion.
Argumentation in essay writing
In essay writing arguments the main thesis of the essay is what you will consider as your conclusion. By raising various points along with the essay you will try to provide a logical and reasonable inference that will support your thesis. It is best to address each point as part of a new paragraph. This way each topic sentence in each of the paragraphs will have each of your premises which will make it easier for the reader to make the connection and know the structure of the information.
Each paragraph will go through the process of argumentation. It includes identifying the context and the background of the claim, presenting and analyzing the evidence, and lastly, evaluating the argument and the supporting information as a whole.
Argumentation can be difficult at times. “Help me write essay for me,” you might hear many essay writers request their peers to help them in their argumentation and their essays. Though with a little bit of guidance and by learning the basic styles and structures of argumentative essays, such students can write these essays with ease.
It is best to connect each point with the main thesis of the essay to connect the conclusion to the main one.
Importance of refuting your arguments
No matter how self-critical we may be of our arguments and ideas we are always in danger of falling into bias and becoming blind to the fallacies of the arguments. A good example of such a bias is what is known as ‘confirmation bias’. This form of bias affects our reasoning by making us see only or mostly the arguments that support our own claims and points. We only see the arguments that strengthen our thesis and tend to miss out on that might even make the thesis argument invalid as a whole.
Another thing that might affect our arguments is the ‘reason-based choice’. This works by leading the arguments and the reasoning towards the choice or an opinion that might not be the correct or the optimal conclusion, but one that we can justify.