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Chp 6 Skeptics May Object
Chapter 6 introduces a different sort of “they say”: the naysayer. The naysayer, or counterargument, appears after the conversation and after you have made some points. Including what the objections might be helps you make a more thorough point and adds credibility to the writing.
Be careful to treat the objection carefully and fairly. Do not present a weak argument or a simplification of it because that can lead to a number of fallacies including the Strawman fallacy.
The book offers suggestions for including the Naysayer or Skeptic.
- Anticipate Objections
- Entertain Objections in your own writing.
- Name the Naysayers.
- Introduce objections formally or informally
- Represent Objections Fairly
- Answer Objections
- Make concessions and stand your ground.
Playing the Role of Naysayer
We are going to be working in small groups. Before that, answer these questions.
- What is the topic or thesis of your research report?
- Have you anticipated the naysayers? List the people who have a say in your topic.
In groups, take turns stating your topic or thesis. The other members will take the role of a naysayer and give their objections to the argument and give themselves a label.
Audience you are writing for:
Michelle Obama Commencement Speech
What argument is she making?