Writing Arguments

Purposes of Argument

Argument has two purposes. It is used to

  • change people’s points of view or persuade them to accept new points of view

  • persuade people to a particular action or new behavior

Because people don’t always agree on what is right or reasonable, appropriately constructed argument helps us arrive at what is fair or true. It is used to settle disputes and discover truth. Instructors assign argumentative writing so students can learn to examine their own and other’s ideas in a careful, methodical way. Argument teaches us how to evaluate conflicting claims and judge evidence and methods of investigation. Argument helps us learn to clarify our thoughts and articulate them honestly and accurately and to consider the ideas of others in a respectful and critical manner.

The purpose of argument is to change people’s points of view or to persuade people to a particular action or behavior.

 

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