In the Week 3 Assignment, you engaged in a case analysis of a current
business problem using some of the components of an argumentative
essay. In this written assignment, you will write a complete
argumentative essay as described in Sections 9.1 and 9.2 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking
(Foster, Hardy, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). This essay will include a
revised and polished version of your Week 3 Assignment, an objection to
your thesis, a rebuttal, and concluding remarks. In order to benefit
the most, you should start working on your Final Project from the time
you receive your Week 3 Assignment back with comments from your
Your assignment should include the following:
A revision of your Week 3 Case Analysis Assignment.
Your revision should represent a substantial edit of your work that
fully incorporates feedback from your professor and goes well beyond
correcting any grammatical or APA errors.
The strongest possible objection to your thesis.
After the final paragraph of your Week 3 Case Analysis Assignment, start
a new paragraph that introduces the strongest possible objection to
your thesis. The considerations for this are detailed in Section 9.2 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking
(Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). Make sure to employ the
appropriate language to introduce the objection, such as “some may
object to my thesis as follows” or “according to [so and so] the thesis
presented here fails to account for X” [whatever he or she finds
problematic]. You can find other language to do this, of course, but the
key point here is to make sure that you indicate that someone else is
speaking when presenting this objection.
It is also important to remember that you do research to discover
good objections and not merely objections that are weak and thus easily
rebutted. Look for peer-reviewed journal articles in the Ashford
University Library, full-text articles in Google Scholar, or articles in
the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Present the opposing position
fairly and in detail. This may take more than one paragraph.
A rebuttal. This is a refutation of the objection
that you have just presented. Start this in a new paragraph following
the objection paragraph(s). Once again, follow the indications of
Section 9.2 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking
(Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015). You may point out an
error in the objection. Or you may show that, while it is an important
objection, it does not apply squarely to your argument, or does not
account for facts that make it irrelevant. Above all, make sure to
maintain philosophical decorum in your rebuttal. Toward this end, you
should apply the principles of charity and of accuracy, first introduced
in the Week 1 course material. See “Confronting Disagreement” in
Section 9.4 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking (Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo, 2015).
Closing remarks. End your argumentative essay with a
paragraph of closing remarks. Provide some reflections of what you have
attempted to achieve by means of your essay. You could, for example,
explain how your essay sheds light on the broader controversy that it
addresses. Or you could point out how your essay addresses a frequently
ignored point or the unpopular side in the controversy. You could also
reflect on the related matters in the broader controversy that would be
useful to examine by others. Do not merely summarize what you have done
in the body of your essay, and do not add new information here that
would support or contradict your essay since the body of your essay
should have addressed all the relevant points. See “Closing Your Essay”
in Section 9.2 of With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking (Hardy, Foster, & Zúñiga y Postigo (2015).
Requirements for your Assignment:
- Your assignment should be between 1500 to 1700 words in length, excluding the cover and references pages.
- Your examination should be both thorough and succinct. This is a
combination that demands time and thought, so give yourself sufficient
time to draft and revise.
- Your assignment should include citations, as well as a list of references. Both must be in APA form.
- Your references should include at least four peer-reviewed
articles in addition to those that you will be carrying over from our
Week 3 Case Analysis Assignment. These references should be
drawn from the Ashford University Library, Google Scholar, or the
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Your assignment should be submitted no later than the end of Monday (midnight, U.S. Mountain time).