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Counterargument: Acknowledging Opposing Viewpoints : 

Counterargument: Acknowledging Opposing Viewpoints

Why acknowledge counterargument? : 

Why acknowledge counterargument? Regardless of how well an author argues, people are likely to disagree An effective argument anticipates possible counterarguments Acknowledging counterargument shows that the author has thought through the issue from a variety of perspectives Acknowledging counterargument increases the author’s credibility in readers’ eyes

Accommodating counterargument : 

Accommodating counterargument Accommodation means that the writer recognizes the validity of the counterargument and is willing to compromise Example: the writer’s view is that laws punishing drunk driving should be tougher Congressman Smith disagrees with my view and argues that drunk driving laws are already stiff enough. To support his position, he claims that 42 states have lengthened jail sentences for convicted drunk drivers in the past five years. While he is correct and I applaud those 42 states, I also believe that the remaining states must change their laws. Further, I believe that cities and towns need to strictly enforce the laws and I don’t think Congressman Smith has fully considered this idea.

Refuting counterargument : 

Refuting counterargument Refuting counterargument means that the writer must provide evidence or reasoning to convince the audience that the counterargument is invalid or not applicable Example: the writer’s view is that laws punishing drunk driving should be tougher Congressman Smith disagrees with my view and argues that drunk driving laws are already stiff enough. To support his position, he claims that 42 states have lengthened jail sentences for convicted drunk drivers in the past five years. In fact, only 29 states have truly lengthened sentences; the other 13 states simply renewed current laws. Further, I believe that cities and towns need to strictly enforce the laws and I don’t think Congressman Smith has fully considered this idea.

Where/how to address counterargument : 

Where/how to address counterargument It is possible to address views that oppose the entire thesis of your argument; however, it is probably more effective to address specific counterarguments to particular aspects of or reasons for your argument When you do address counterargument, avoid generalized statements such as “Some people may disagree with me”; address specific and reasonable counterarguments If you find it difficult to address counterargument in your writing, identify some possible opposing viewpoints and seek your instructor’s feedback

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