Introduction to Counterarguments

What you’ll learn to do: evaluate strategies for rebuttal and refutation of counterargument

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An integral part of composing a strong argument is including counterargument. This can be difficult, especially if writer are arguing for a position they already agree with and support. In such cases, writers can sometimes make good points to support their stances; however, their arguments are vulnerable unless they anticipate and address counterarguments. When a writer does addresses counterarguments, it is often referred to as rebuttal or refutation. Some scholars of rhetoric differentiate the two words in terms of if you can actually disprove a claim or just argue against it; however, in this section, we will use the terms as basically interchangeable to help get you more used to their function in argument.