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Rogerian Argument

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Rogerian Argument

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Rogerian Argument

  1. 1. Ms. Mohlere English 112 Rogerian Argument
  2. 2. What is Rogerian Argument?  Developed by psychologist Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987)  Emphasizes problem-solving and/or coming to consensus  Allows the author to appear open-minded or even objective  Appropriate in contexts where you need to convince a resistant opponent to at least respect your views  Helps one show sympathetic understanding of opposition by recognizing valid spots and the overall goodwill of their detractor’s ideas
  3. 3. Toulmin Model  Adversarial tone  Although concessions may be made, arguments mostly based on refutation  Opponent is “wrong” and will be overcome by evidence  “I am right, and you are wrong” Rogerian Model  Nonconfrontational, collegial, friendly tone  Respects other’s views and allows for more than one truth  Seeks to achieve common ground, not to convince 100%  “You have a good point, and you may be right in some circumstances. As a review, let’s compare Toulmin Argument to Rogerian Argument
  4. 4. Toulmin Argument, in a simple visual ClaimData Qualifier Warrant Backing Rebuttal
  5. 5. Rogerian Argument, in a simple visual My Opinion Your Opinion Consensus
  6. 6. So how am I supposed to write this paper, anyway?  Introduction: statement of problem to be solved or question to be answered  Statement & Explanation of your position/opinion  Statement of Context: describes contexts in which your position applies/works well  Summary of Opposing Views: described using a seemingly objective persona  Statement of Understanding: concedes circumstances under which opposing views might be valid  Statement of Benefits/Compromise: appeals to self-interest of readers who may not yet agree with you; Develops a solution in which both parties benefit
  7. 7. Rogerian Argument Key words Consensus Agreement Minimal Threat Trust understanding “Person centered approach”
  8. 8. Remember… You can catch more flies with honey!

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