Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ch. 7 -- Counter-arguments

In Chapter 7, I learned about counter-arguments. Counter-arguments are arguments in which you use against an opposition, similar to objecting an objection. Objections is a way to identify that an argument is weak or bad.
Example of counter-argument:
Immigration is bad for the economy because they take jobs from Americans.
--> Immigrants are good for the economy because they will work for cheap labor which will increase jobs because of the increase of demand for crops and such.

Another thing I learned from reading Chapter 7 was "Refuting An Argument." Refuting an argument is when you show that the false premises lead to a false conclusion.It means that the argument is not strong not valid. However, it does not necessarily mean that a conclusion is false when you refute an argument. In order to refute an argument, we must make sure if there is a false conclusion, then the claims have to be plausible.


  1. I find counter arguments are quite hard to do when confronted with a difficult opposition, but that just might be me. I like your example about counter argument because we do have a huge problem with immigration but it's good for our country because they do jobs no one would want to do and they work for cheap labor. I like how you explained refuting arguments. it is simple and very clear to understand. This is true that when refuting an argument we must make sure if there is a false conclusion, then the claim must be plausible. I enjoyed reading your post. Its really straight forward and cuts to the chance which helps me to understand it a lot better.

  2. Counterarguments happen on a daily basis in conversations. You definitely showed that you understood how to raise objections with your counterargument in your example about immigrant jobs in the United States. Your first objection was against the claim that immigrants from Americans by saying that because immigrants will work for cheap labor, jobs will increase. You also mentioned refuting arguments. This subject confused me a little because I did not exactly understand why it was important to refute an argument in a normal conversation. I think refuting an argument is more significant in terms of writing a paper when proving an argument wrong.