How to Put Forward a Great Argument

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Tammy Chang Instructor: S. Joseph English 103 February 25, 2013 Logical Fallacies Do you want to have a great argument? Then you need to use excellent rhetoric technique and think carefully about what you want to say to persuade others to be on your side. You have to consider the opposition and make sure to address counterargument so that the listener can understand well what you have thought about the whole thing. Especially in modern society, we have more information and comments that can be applied in our own logical thinking skill to tell the truth from the false. There are many fallacies that exist. Four of them are appealing to pity, appealing to tradition, jumping to conclusion and reasoning that do not follow. “Mistakes in…show more content…
Traditions are things that have been handed down from generation to generation. Some traditions like celebrating holidays such as Thanksgiving and Easter have some significance to Americans. “Appeal to tradition is fallacious.” (Miller 34) It happens when something is considered correct or better just because it is tradition or older. According to the Current Argument, “we can learn from the best and often benefit honoring tradition, we can seldom make based on tradition alone.”(Miller 34) In the past, the wife was looked at as good for nothing until she has born a boy in China. The girl was considered to be worthless because girls cannot carry on the family name, and the family will compel a girl to marry when the age is over 18 years old. This is fallacious because men cannot give birth to a child without women and to carry on the family line with only a son, and they forced women to get married to men they do not like. Those that only value the male child have disappeared gradually in most modern families. However, in China if the families do honor a tradition like this, the women are still discriminated, forced to get married and they have no status in the family. Here is another example. We disagree with same-gender marriage because we never had that in the past. Gay and lesbian’s marriage should not be allowed because “for centuries, marriage has been defined as a union between one man and one woman.”
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