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What is the difference between refutation and counter argument?
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A counter argument is the consideration of an opposing position of one's thesis, or contention. Its purpose is to anticipate opposing points and pre-empt them. In a persuasive essay, the counter argument is part of a refutation paragraph; however sometimes it comes in the introduction.
In a refutation paragraph, which is sometimes called a concession paragraph, the writer acknowledges valid points of an opposing viewpoint. In this paragraph, the writer then refutes these points with stronger points in a counter argument. Then, there is a conclusion, or summary, of why the writer's points are stronger than those of the opposing argument.
It is usually a good idea to first strive to establish common ground for one's argument, and then acknowledge opposing viewpoints in the refutation paragraph and respond to them with counter arguments.
Posted by mwestwood on February 21, 2013 at 3:20 AM (Answer #1)
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