“The purpose of an angument shouldn’t be victory, but progress”. You have agruments in everyday social life and probadly don’t even realize it. The most popular argument right now is whether the 49ers or Raven will win Superbowl 47. This may be stated with personal opinion because of fan beliefs,but only few people have looked at the facts about how the 49ers have a strong, solid, offense with a good quarterback or that the Ravens fired their old offensive coordinator and got a better one. With facts like these one could make a strong point about either team with a bit of logic. Aristole emphasied this as one of the key tools in a successful agrument. Aristole believed humans were logical at the core and would respond better to an argument with more reasoning. This is true because you wouldn’t listen very long to a person who is babbling along about why they feel solar energy is better than wind energy, you’d tune them out! If a person comes with strong evidence that has credibility and makes their point that we should switch to solar enegry over wind, you are more likely to vote in their favor. Emotional appeal is also a great way to give an argument backbone. Pathos can be tricky though because emotion coulds judgement, and when in a debate, you don’t want to lose your cool. Agruing isn’t nessacarily fighting, it is a sharing of two different opinions trying to persuade someone to your point of view. Winning isn’t everything in this instance. Ethos is another strong tool because if you are seen as a good debater or normally create persuavive arguments, many people are already eager to hear what you have to say. They know its going be well presented and get them to join your side. Don’t begin with winning in mind, begin with proving a point.
Agruments connect people in communication everyday. Some are more heated and violent that others, but arguing shouldn’t be about winning. It should focus more on trying to see eye to eye.