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Section 3.2 Diversity of Argumentation Modes

If you like to argue, we have good news for you: not only are there different topics to argue about and positions to take in arguments—there are different styles, or modes that you can choose from to structure your argument! You may find that you prefer some modes over others, but you should treat modes of argumentation as tools in your toolbox; you wouldn’t say that some tools are better than other tools because each tool is suited for a different task. Additionally, recognizing the tools that other people are using in their arguments will help you understand and critique them, which is an important aspect of engaging with the scholarly community.