Ethos assignment (Fact, Value, or Policy)

Instructions: In class we discussed the differences between propositions of fact, value, and policy, and how to effectively incorporate each of these types of propositions into a persuasive argument. For this assignment, you will analyze the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes in terms of the main argument of the comic strip and whether this argument reflects a proposition of fact, value, or policy. Refer to class notes from Unit 6 (Ethos & Source Credibility) as well as the Herrick (2011) reading from Unit 1 to help you complete this assignment.

For EACH of the three comic strips (A-C), respond to the following questions:

1. In one sentence, what argument is the comic making?

  • Based on your answer to 1, is this argument based upon a proposition of fact, value, or policy? How do you know this is the case (i.e., defend your answer)?
  • What is the importance of identifying whether an argument (either your own argument or the argument of another) is a proposition of fact, value, or policy?

On teaching:

On relying on experts:

On the First Amendment:

Additionally, answer the following general question about propositions of fact, value, and policy:

This assignment aligns with Course Learning Outcomes 1 and 3.

A completed hardcopy of this assignment will be due at the beginning of your next class meeting.

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