Tag: argument

Fallacious Reasoning

Many arguments contain what we call fallacies. Whether they are used deliberately or not, fallacies are perhaps best understood as little tricks that make an argument seem sound when the claims are actually weak. As you begin to analyze others’…

Wynton Marsalis on Rhetoric

I enjoy how Wynton Marsalis applies Aristotle’s ethos, pathos, and logos in a musical context. Wynton Marsalis // Moving to Higher Ground // Aristotle’s Appeals from Tutti Dynamics on Vimeo.

Don’t Go There!

After teaching English 101, Argumentation, and similar classes for over twenty years, I can say with some authority that there are some topics that students should not touch. I present this list to you not only for my sake but…

Argument Analysis Comments

As always, I want to share some recurring concerns as I read the argument analysis drafts. Analysis versus Summary versus Response–You must understand the difference between analysis and summary and response. A su7mmary provides a condensed version of what an…

Analyzing Arguments

In order to better read, understand, and analyze an argument, you will need to have a firm understanding of the rhetorical situation and some of the basic elements of argument. Even before you begin reading an argument, you should consider…