Essay #1 Argument of Definition
Definitions matter. Arguments of definition aren’t abstract exercises. Dictionaries are biased to their authors and to the times, so it’s possible to disagree with dictionary definitions or to regard them merely as starting points for arguments. An author may place a definition on their topic and make their claim from that starting point.
Read the article “Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer” (Annie Murphy Paul, Time.com). Arguments arise from operational definitions whenever people disagree about what the conditions define or whether these conditions have been fulfilled. Operational definitions identify an object or idea by what it does or by what conditions create it. Take note of her opening quote.
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