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The Argumentation-Persuasion Essay

Rhetoric is defined not as a science but rather as an art, the art and the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion (Aristotle, Rhetoric, Book I, section 2). 

Argumentation embraces the arts and sciences of civil debate, dialogue, conversation, and persuasion.  Argumentation also includes debate and negotiation, which are concerned with reaching mutually acceptable conclusions, and argumentation theory also encompasses eristic dialog, the branch of social debate in which victory over an opponent is the primary goal.   

Persuasion embraces argumentation, but persuasion is more expansive.  Aristotle identified three forms of proofs which codified the then-observable means of persuasion: logos, or logical reasoning; pathos, or appeals to the audience’s empathy; and ethos, or the credibility of the advocacy. 

How you develop your argumentation is vitally important, and the kind and quality of your evidence and the conclusions you reach through your reasoning, are very important.  The quality and character of your appeals to emotion and your credibility as the writer are likewise crucial to your successful advocacy.  Thus, it is your inherent responsibility as the writer of an argumentation-persuasion essay to support of the position you advocate for in the most effective manner possible.

The following essays from HCC students demonstrate different yet effective and successful argumentation-persuasion essays.

Anti-Immigration Laws, Jocelyn Recinos

Racial Profiling, Lisa Guadalupe

The Fair Tax, Josh Hunziker

Red Light Cameras, Are They Necessary, Maria Champlin