argumentative and has two distinct sides, using logical fallacies to both make y

argumentative and has two distinct sides, using logical fallacies to both make y

argumentative and has two distinct sides, using logical fallacies to both make your argument and expose your opposition’s argument. You will be writing a “bad” essay—your reasoning will be poor and your “logic” will be misguided if not altogether absent. Often, logical fallacies are absurd and ridiculous, other times they are more subtle and sound like they may be valid. Your essay should have a mix of both.
am not expecting an essay that is supported and cited well–no outside sources are allowed. The main goal of this essay is to create examples of the fallacies we have studied for this unit and incorporate them into a narrative that consistently addresses your topic. Given all you will be creating, your paper should be a minimum of four (4) pages. This gives you time to create and incorporate your fallacies into your essay. The example below is about the death penalty, one of the topics you cannot write about (along with abortion and any previous topics you have already written about, including the midterm). I have created two (2) fallacies in this paragraph, put them in bold, and then created a footnote page where the numbers will correspond with the fallacies.
While the paper will not be persuasive because the logic is bad, as mentioned above, you will earn points by how accurate your examples of logical fallacies are. In the example below, I have created a Weak Analogy by comparing human lives to those of animals, as well as a Straw Man, where I claim that because the governor is against the death penalty, he is actually promoting the potential deaths of all Californians by not endorsing it. The real topic here is the death penalty. The version I am arguing for here is that the governor’s goal is to put everyone’s lives in jeopardy, which is not the actual topic, and thus represents a Straw Man argument.
My advice is that when you have the opportunity to be hyperbolic and satirical, do so. You already have experience with this type of writing from our Week #1 assignment when you modeled a short essay after Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” The tone of this is similar, in that most of your propositions will clearly be faulty and illogical.
When you are crafting your essay, bold and underline each fallacy that you use and then add a footnote denoting the number of the fallacy.
Example:
The death penalty is an effective way to stop crime and should be enforced throughout the United States. Like the practice of putting down animals that have bitten people, the execution of people found guilty of murder makes the world a safer place (1). For too long we have lived in fear of socio and psychopaths running amok through our neighborhoods killing people, and it is time to put a stop to all this madness! I read that Governor Newsome is against the death penalty and claims it will never take place in California as long as he is in charge. I think it’s a shame that he clearly wants to put every citizen in jeopardy of being murdered and has no regard for the safety of innocent people by rejecting this type of punishment (2).
Your footnote page should look like this:
1. Weak Analogy
2. Straw man
3. Etc….
Topics you cannot write about:
Abortion
The Death Penalty
or any topic you have already written about this semester, including the midterm.
Please remember to do the following:
Include an original title
Include a thesis statement—it may be a fallacy!
Use ALL of the fallacies in our unit. They are listed at the end of this prompt.
Do not use any outside source material
Do not use any AI generated cites or essay generators
Include ALL of the following fallacies in your essay:
Misuse of Statistics
Hasty Generalization
Post Hoc/False Cause
Slippery Slope
Begging the Question
Equivocation
Circular Reasoning
Non Sequitur
Straw Man
Red Herring
Weak Analogy
Ad Hominem
Tu Quoque (You Also)
Either/Or
Bandwagon
Appeals to False Authority

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