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Copy of Argumentative writing - counter-argument and rebuttal

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Transcript of Copy of Argumentative writing - counter-argument and rebuttal

Counter-Argument and Rebuttal
Turn it around!
The purpose of a
counter-argument
To present you as a
reasonable
writer and thus
persuade

the reader further
To strengthen your position
Your Counter-Argument
The Rebuttal
Where do the counter-argument and rebuttal go?
Think back to COM101. It's a similar construction.

Outline:
a) Introduction
b) Supporting point #1, #2, #3, etc [there can be any number of supporting points]
c) Counter-argument
d) Rebuttal
e) Conclusion
What is a
counter-argument?
An argument
opposed
to your thesis, or part of your thesis
It expresses the view of a person who
disagrees
with your position.
To address positions that many people hold/ are
skeptical
about but that you think are mistaken

•a problem with your demonstration, e.g. that a different conclusion could be drawn from the same facts, a key assumption is unwarranted, a key term is used unfairly, certain evidence is
ignored or played down
;

•one or more
drawbacks
to what you propose;

•an
alternative
explanation or proposal that makes more sense.
To write this section, first resist your argument by pointing out
In reasoning about the proposed counter-argument, you may

refute
it, showing how it is based on
faulty
assumptions
•acknowledge its validity or plausibility, but suggest why on balance it's
relatively less important or less likely
than what you propose, and thus doesn't overturn it;

restate
your thesis in a more exact, qualified, or nuanced way that
takes account of the objection
Then, state the case against yourself as briefly but as clearly and forcefully as you can, pointing to evidence where possible.
Introducing your counter-argument
You can use phrases such as:
One might object here that...
It might seem that...
It is true that...
Admittedly...
Of course...
OR
You can use a question that challenges your stand:
Your stand
Your opponent's stand
But how...?
But why...?
But is this not just...?
But if this is so, what about...?
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Resources
Don't forget to find sources for your counterargument. Just like in COM101, you need to find information on both sides of the issue.
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