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Good argument is an aspect that many choose to negate as they ponder the substances of true argument Argument that will accomplish a specific task needs the special attention that only a well-founded arguer can offer As we ponder these thoughts we will analyze argument by the thinkers we studied in class and then apply their perspectives according to two themes of argument Risk and Tension Finally we will compare them to the argument I chose Young White Men Scared Entitled and Cynical - A Deadly Combination By Paul Kivel Risk When either the affirmative or negative argue with one another certain issues of respect and standards must be followed An arguer cannot merely attempt to brutally attack his opposition in a way that is disrespectful Before any offensive tactic is taken a true risk must be taken Initially risk must be present in any argument According to Henry Johnstone Jr as soon as you take away the option of risk the argument is finished A co-arguer may not want to take this risk out of the fear that he may loose the argument Some Reflections on Argument 6 Cubbage 2 A main point found in Johnstones writings on risk is that the co-arguer assumes the risk of having his behavior or beliefs altered by the argument Some Reflections On Argument 6-7 The only way the co-arguer can avoid risk altogether is to totally close his mind to anything that the offensive arguer proposes When an arguer closes his mind the argument has ended Some Reflections On Argument 3 According to Wayne Brockriedes Where is Argument there has to be six characteristics in argument First an inferential leap from one set of beliefs to another set of beliefs must occur A good example of this could be found in the attempt to argue that Columbus didnt discover America In this
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