Why Do We Argue Lb

Chapter 1: Why do we argue?

Scholarly Writing

Higher education has 2 interrelated functions

  • To communicate
  • To create knowledge

Skills of a scholarly mind

  • More likely to notice what others over look
  • Solve problems creatively
  • Make decisions independently
  • Teach you how to think like a well educated person

Examples of a scholarly person

  • CEO
  • Physical therapist
  • An entry level worker

Effective writing can be explained and learned

To develop your writing ability you need to know 4 things

  • Knowledge
  • Practice
  • Feedback
  • Motivation

Experienced writers dont write the same way everytime, and neither should you

writing process broken down

  • Discovery
  • Drafting
  • Revision
  • Editing

Practicing argument

  • Scholarly arguments have real purposes based in problems that interest the participants
  • Scholarly arguments address a specific audience
  • Scholarly arguments belong to larger conversation, histories, and context that determine the rules for what counts as a good argument
  • Arguments pursue ideal purposes
  • address sophisticated demanding audiences


Elements of Rhetoric writing

  • Writer
  • Audience
  • Context

Rhetorical situations

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How?

So What?

Scholars read and write arguments to investigate three basic questions

  1. How do we know what we know?
  2. Why do we believe what we believe?
  3. How can we improve what we know and believe?
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