“Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.” – Wilkie Collins The Woman in White
To say that I love arguing and/or debating would be a complete understatement. But then again what woman doesn’t? Kirszner and Mandell define an argument as “Taking a stand and present evidence that helps to convince people to accept your position.” Many people avoid arguments because they fear entering conflict with other individuals, but thats the beauty of it. It allows you to not only express your view and your ideas, but also to see how other individuals view the same topic. And often times you gain more information by having formal arguments with other individuals. My main reason and motivation for arguing is persuading others to view the topic at hand the same as me. When entering formal arguments we must keep two things in mind. First, always keep the argument formal, never informal. It is ok to be passionate about the subject that you are debating about, but never let your emotions take control of the argument (quarrel), and never attack your opponet and promote propaganda. Second, always keep the argument informative and state facts. Never throw out information simply because it sounds good. Mkae sure the information is factual and reasonable. I disagree with one of Aristotle’s means of persuassion. Pathos is a method of persuassion used to appeal to human’s emotions, but human emotion is always changing. So there is no way to appeal to every human’s emotions.
As college students we often times enter more informal arguments than formal. Even in professional arguments. As humans we are emotion based and that will never change. For it is apart of our human nature. In an argument just always remember to present your stand, and provide knowledgeable information, and DETOUR YOUR OPPONENT AND ALL THEIR BELIEVERS.