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Classical/ Aristotelian Argument
Clearly, some situations cannot be boiled down into "pros vs. cons" and require a different approach.
An act of persuasion
What's the solution??
Rogerian Argument?
Structure of a Rogerian Argument
Project 2: Finding Common Ground
Aristotle created a logic upon which most of your knowledge of composition is based.

Traditional Structure of an Argument:
1. Introduction
2. Statement of Background
3. Proposition (Thesis)
4. Proof
5. Refutation
6. Conclusion
Aristotelian argument assumes opposition as one of its premises. This attitude privileges disagreement as opposed to compromise.
Rogerian argument is a specialized means of argumentative discourse which privileges compromise over difference.
1. Introduce a problem
2. Articulate the Opposing Argument
3. Empathize with the Opposing Argument
4. Articulate Your Argument
5. Validate Your Argument
6. Explore Common Ground
Drawing on research conducted in Project 1, students will choose two stakeholders with seemingly incompatible goals regarding the same issue or topic. Students will familiarize themselves with the two stakeholder perspectives and identify why these two stakeholders have not yet come to a solution. Students will then find common ground between these two stakeholders by considering what both have in common--perhaps a shared interest, concern, or need. In light of this common ground, students will brainstorm various solutions to the conflict between these stakeholders and will suggest one particular, concrete solution. They will then defend this solution as a workable compromise by considering the stated goals and concerns of both stakeholders, current or past solutions, and the feasibility of the solution’s implementation.

In a 1,200-1,500 word essay, students will explain the perspectives of two different stakeholders on a given issue or topic and propose and argue for a compromise that benefits both stakeholders. Students should clearly identify both stakeholders, fairly represent their perspectives using evidence, and posit a way for these two groups to reach common ground. Building on this common ground, students should also clearly argue for a solution that would allow both groups to reach a compromise on the issue or topic.

Unlike Rogerian Argument, this project requires you to develop the solution more. You have to think about contexts and the specific details of implementing the compromise.

Practically, your statement of the different position should comprise only about half of your paper. The rest should be developing these specific, practical details and demonstrating that the compromise is implementable and effective.
What might this extended compromise look like for the video about global warming compromise?
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