Posted: December 30th, 2022
ENG 106 Topic 1 DQ 1.
n the argument chapter, you learned about expressed arguments (overt arguments attempting to persuade the audience towards a point of view) and implied arguments (arguments that appear on the surface not to be arguments but actually seek to persuade the audience of a point of view or views). For this DQ, provide a specific example from the media of an expressed argument and an implied argument and answer the following questions:
1. What is the expressed argument you identified? What specific argument does the author make? What evidence does the author use to support his or her claims?
2. What is the implied argument you identified? What specific argument does the author make? What evidence does the author use to support his or her claims?
3. Why is it important to understand expressed and implied arguments?
4. How might you use your understanding of expressed and implied arguments when drafting your first essay in this course?
Note: You may use visual arguments such as photos and pictures, but you will still need to explain your rationale for why you believe the author is making a specific argument.
Be sure to cite all sources used to compose your answer. Format your in-text citations and reference list entry according to GCU Style.
ENG 106 Topic 1 DQ 1
In Ritter (2008), Singapore’s health minister Khaw Boon Wan is quoted as stating that: “We should not reject any idea just because it is radical or controversial, … We may be able to find an acceptable way to allow a meaningful compensation for some living, unrelated kidney donors without breaching ethical principles or hurting the sensitivities of others.” In this argument, the minister makes it clear that organ trade can be legalized without necessarily breaching the existing ethical and moral principles thus making this an expressed argument.
In Ritter (2008), Professor A. Vathsala, the director of the adult renal transplantation program and head of nephrology at Singapore’s National University Hospital is quoted as stating that: “It is not a good idea to legalize payment for organ donors as such payment institutionalizes the belief that the wealthy ill have property rights to the body parts of the poor.” This is an implied argument in which Professor Vathsala makes it clear that irrespective of the arguments used and the best intentions, any trade in organs presents opportunities for abuse and for the ethical and moral principles to be violated. He particularly makes it clear that business principles would come into play where financial remuneration would allow the rich to exploit the poor without consideration for their ethical and moral rights.
Understanding expressed and implied arguments is important in understanding what is being communicated in the text. Through reading the text, readers can immediately comprehend the expressed arguments thus eliminating any sense of ambiguity and narrowing the perspective within which the text can be interpreted. However, they must derive and infer meaning from the text if they are to understand the implied arguments thus creating a sense of ambiguity that lends itself to interpreting the text in a wider perspective (Barnes & Duncan, 2006).
The understanding of expressed and implied arguments will be useful in expressing opinions based on available evidence. Expressed arguments will be used when the evidence available to support the argument is unambiguous. Implied arguments will be used when the evidence available to support the argument is ambiguous (Barnes & Duncan, 2006).
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