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Counterargument Paper

This paper assignment expands upon your Week One Assignment and
prepares you for the Final Paper. The expansion is to learn to improve
one’s argument after investigating and fairly representing the opposite
point of view. The main new tasks are to revise your previous argument
created in Week One, to present a counterargument (an argument for a
contrary conclusion), and to develop an objection to your original
argument.

Here are the steps to prepare to write the counterargument paper:

  • Begin reviewing your previous paper paying particular attention to suggestions for improvement made by your instructor.
  • Revise your argument, improving it as much as possible, accounting
    for any suggestions and in light of further material you have learned in
    the course. If your argument is inductive, make sure that it is strong.
    If your argument is deductive, make sure that it is valid.
  • Construct what you take to be the strongest possible argument for a
    conclusion contrary to the one you argued for in your Week One paper.
    This is your counterargument. This should be based on careful thought
    and appropriate research.
  • Consider the primary points of disagreement between the point of view of your original argument and that of the counterargument.
  • Think about what you take to be the strongest objection to your
    original argument and how you might answer the objection while being
    fair to both sides. Search in the Ashford University Library for quality
    academic sources that support some aspect of your argument or
    counterargument.

In your paper,

  • Present a revised argument in standard form, with each premise and the conclusion on a separate line.
  • Present a counterargument in standard form, with each premise and the conclusion on a separate line.
  • Provide support for each premise of your counterargument. Clarify
    the meaning of the premise and supporting evidence for the premise.

    • Pay special attention to those premises that could be seen as
      controversial. Evidence may include academic research sources,
      supporting arguments, or other ways of demonstrating the truth of the
      premise (for more ideas about how to support the truth of premises take a
      look at the instructor guidance for this week). This section should
      include at least one scholarly research source. For guidance about how
      to develop a conclusion see the Ashford Writing Center’s Introductions and Conclusions (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Explain how the conclusion of the counterargument follows from its premises. [One paragraph]
  • Discuss the primary points of disagreement between sincere and intelligent proponents of both sides. [One to two paragraphs]
    • For example, you might list any premises or background assumptions
      on which you think such proponents would disagree and briefly state what
      you see as the source of the disagreement, you could give a brief
      explanation of any reasoning that you think each side would find
      objectionable, or you could do a combination of these.
  • Present the best objection to your original argument. Clearly
    indicate what part of the argument your objection is aimed at, and
    provide a paragraph of supporting evidence for the objection. Reference
    at least one scholarly research source. [One to two paragraphs]

    • See the “Practicing Effective Criticism” section of Chapter 9 of
      your primary textbook for more information about how to present an
      objection.

For further instruction on how to create arguments, see the How to Construct a Valid Main Argument (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Tips for Creating an Inductively Strong Argument (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. documents as well as the video Constructing Valid Arguments (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

For an example of how to complete this paper, take a look at the following Week Three Annotated Example (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Let your instructor know if you have questions about how to complete this paper.

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