Chapter 7, Extended Arguments” pp. 49-58
Weston now brings the reader to an extended argument in which a whole discussion will develop. Multiple premises and conclusions will need defense. Weston walks us through the process.
“29. Explore the issue” (Weston 2009, 49). Developing a position may require thought and exploration. Consider contrary views as well (Ibid., 50).
“30. Spell out basic ideas as arguments” (Ibid., 50). Try to have concise arguments whenever possible. Weston illustrates how specific and concise arguments are most effective.
“31. Defend basic premises with arguments of their own” (Ibid., 52). Even good premises may need proof. Weston models citation of sources of evidence.
“32. Consider objections” (Ibid., 54). Seeking the best possible objections to your view will allow you to treat your opponent with respect.
“33. Consider alternatives” (Ibid., 55). Could there be better solutions to a problem than the one you are proposing?