Argument    |    Noun    |  ar·gu·ment

  1. the act or process of arguing, reasoning, or discussing
  2. a coherent series of reasons, statements, or facts intended to support or establish a point of view

The above is the definition taken straight from the Webster Merriam Dictionary. To elaborate a little further, here is our version of the definition of an argument.

Argumentation is a social process. Argument is an art, not a science. Argument involves contested issues. Arguments are all around us in our everyday lives.

Having an argument involves two or more individuals responding to one another’s claim and support for such a claim. It is not simply restating the same claims and reasons, rather it is supporting, modifying or defending positions accordingly. As a process, arguments unfold based on the contributions of the dialogue participants. Our goal is to make sure you are fully prepared for those contributions from the other side.

Argumentation aims to gain adherence from an audience. People argue to gain assent for their positions. Argumentation is a listener and audience-oriented activity—even if the audience is just one person. Ultimately, one wishes to persuade to audience the act on the advanced claim, whether it is to encourage action or gain support.

Although there are suggested guidelines and argumentative tools, there is no science of argument. However, that is not an excuse to not be prepared for whatever the other side throws at you and knowing how to respond to gain support for your position.

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The topics we choose to discuss are among the most widely contested topics in politics and everyday life.

Many of these issues are very emotionally charged and polarizing. It is important to come prepared if you want to effectively argue your side of a position. 

First, you need to take a position in the topics listed above. Here are some of the stance we have identified in our research. 

Every argument you make has to start somewhere. Each argument can be broken down into two separate parts. A premise, and a conclusion.

All of the arguments we find when researching these topics get tagged as such. This makes it easier for you to identify the arguments and attack the weakest part of that argument. 

Also included in our research is data to help you back up your arguments.

We carefully find the most trusted sources the the data that is referenced most commonly in arguments so you have the latest information available on the subject. 

All of the references we cite in our topic discussion are rated for the biases we detect while reviewing them.

We also highlight why we rated them that way so you can learn to identify potential bias in your reading. 

All of the references we cite in our topic discussion are rated for the biases we detect while reviewing them. 

We also highlight why we rated them that way so you can learn to identify potential bias in your reading. 

Once you have broken the opponents argument down into its smallest components, you are able to identify the logical fallacies in the arguments.

We identify those logical fallacies as well so you can spot them when you are discussing these topics. 

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