About Language: A Reader for Writers by William Roberts, Gregoire Turgeon

By William Roberts, Gregoire Turgeon

The authors of approximately Language inspire scholars to take advantage of language extra responsibly of their personal writing. greater than 70 examining choices hide a wide variety of matters, together with cultural range, censorship, and gender. powerful aid is equipped by way of a gap bankruptcy at the writing approach; annotated desk of contents; bankruptcy introductions; choice headnotes, research questions and writing assignments; end-of-chapter writing assignments and examine actions; and a word list of language and rhetorical phrases.

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Is that misrepresentation the basis for an attack or dismissal of the opponent’s claim or argument? You can see that these questions arise from the definition of the Straw Man fallacy given. In making a charge of Straw Man, the onus is on you to reflect carefully on what is involved in answering these questions and support your findings. Simple yes or no answers will rarely be sufficient since the questions involve some difficult considerations. The first question, for example, raises the issue of how we decide what an arguer’s real position actually is.

In making such constructions and judgments we would look to draw on features of context already discussed in this chapter, where they are available. Knowing a person’s commitments, or what information is likely available to him, P1: JZP 0521842085c02 32 CUNY567/Tindale 0 521 84208 5 November 22, 2006 17:3 Fallacies of Diversion will often assist us in deciding what he is likely to have meant. Detecting Red Herring fallacies particularly requires us to employ such caution. 5 Treatment and Evaluation of the Red Herring When you suspect a Red Herring fallacy has occurred, the following Critical Questions will assist you in confirming the identification and evaluating the argument.

This may be a case in which the best course is to invoke the Principle of Charity and judge this as an opinion. But P1: JZP 0521842085c02 36 CUNY567/Tindale 0 521 84208 5 November 22, 2006 17:3 Fallacies of Diversion that seems inappropriate here because we have a clear disagreement with a point of view that has been previously expressed by others. That point of view was the fondness felt for the historical traditions of the Hudson’s Bay Company, given as a reason for retaining it as a Canadian institution.

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