More Than Two

If your Facebook news feed is anything like mine, it’s flooded with people attempting to present an argument about something. Sometimes the topics will be simple, and other times they will be complex. However, regardless of the complexity of the issue, people tend present these arguments as if there are only two sides. You should take these as examples of what you should not do.


According to the book, Practical Argument: A text and Anthology by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, “It is a mistake to think that all arguments have just two sides—one right side and one wrong side.” This mistake is something that I am sure we have all been guilty of at some point because it is very easy to make, and It tends to happen most when we get passionate about a certain topic. At first, it may seem easier to argue one way or the other if there are only two sides to an argument, but I find that it makes it difficult to present a strong argument. Because of this, it is important that we always thoroughly examine the topic when presenting an argument. This is not only the correct thing to to, but it will definitely make things easier when presenting an argument.



3 thoughts on “More Than Two

  1. I agree with you that there are more than one side to every argument, and that being informed on the topic will help everyone make better points. It’s hard for a lot of people to consider the emotions that they put into their arguments, kind of defeats the purpose of speaking about the subject.

  2. I agree with you that an argument has more than one side and depending on the complexity of the argument then there could be an insane amount of sides. Honestly though most people start arguments because of the emotions they have I don’t believe that a person can have an intellectual argument over a subject without getting emotional its just in our human nature

  3. I agree with you on this blog post. People should be more open minded and they should realize that not everything is a yes or no, there are many different sides to an argument that they don’t think about because many people don’t always think outside the box. If people start seeing many different sides to an argument they can see how many different ways to settle down an argument there can be.

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