Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.Example: Which type of claim is right for your argument?
You might want to think about where you imagine your audience to be on this topic and pinpoint where you think the biggest difference in viewpoints might be.
Even if you start with one type of claim you probably will be using several within the paper.
There are just too many questions that the claim leaves open.
The author could not cover all of the topics listed above, yet the generality of the claim leaves all of these possibilities open to debate.
This is why most of Marx’s work has to do with money and work, instead of some of the more airy ideas that are usually associated with philosophy.
So if you’re a materialist, one of the dialectics you are going to be really interested in is the contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’.Others might feel that we should be spending more money on education.Still others could argue that corporations, not the government, should be paying to limit pollution.Is drug use changing the moral climate or causing the economy to decline? Is the author referring only to America or to the global population?Does the author make any distinction between the effects on children and adults?How is it that some people have lots of material stuff and some people don’t?And what is the inevitable outcome of such a situation?Regardless of the type of claim you choose to utilize it is key to identify the controversy or debate you are addressing and to define your position early on in the paper.While researching Marxist ideology for revision lessons on the Russian Revolution, I came across the idea of thesis/antithesis/synthesis as an argumentative framework. I think the notion of Dialectics and thesis/antithesis/synthesis fits in well with my other ideas about essay writing (they are nothing new, I’ve just recast them in my own way: TEAC).Furthermore, all studies agree that pollution is a problem; they simply disagree on the impact it will have or the scope of the problem.No one could reasonably argue that pollution is unambiguously good.