Argument Evaluation – Assignment

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Argument Evaluation – Assignment

The assignment was to read “Controlling Irrational Fears After 9/11” on p. 456-458 of Appendix 1. After reading this assignment several arguments stood out regarding the events of 9/11. The main argument of the essay was the United States of America’s reaction to the events that took place on 9/11. Chapman and Harris (2002) stated “In this essay, I shall argue that this reaction was irrational to a great extent and that to that that extent Americans unwittingly cooperated with the terrorists in achieving a major goal: spreading fear and thus disrupting lives.” The premise to this argument is Americans unwittingly cooperated with the terrorists in achieving a major goal of spreading fear. The conclusion was American lives have been disrupted by the terrorists. In this case, the premise does not support the conclusion directly however, it may have been supported indirectly. American lives have been disrupted but how? The further a reader reads the more the writer supports his conclusion. The argument is also inductively strong by stating a premise, which is most likely true. It is highly probable that American lives had been disrupted by the terrorist actions and therefore supports the conclusion. The premises were all true. The events of 9/11 have disrupted every single American in some way, shape, or form. When the reader reads this sentence the first thing that may come to their minds is the war America started after 9/11. This war has disrupted all Americans in general.

The second argument that stood out in the reading was when the writer tries to justify a more rational response by Americans to 9/11. Chapman and Harris (2002) stated “since victims of car accidents come from every geographical area and every social stratum, one can say that those deaths are even “closer to home” than the deaths that occurred in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.” The premise here is victims of car accidents come from...
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