Refute one of the following
controversial statements (your choice) using a reductio ad absurdum:
1. We should attack Iran
with everything we've got, before they get nuclear weapons of their own.
2. The deliberate
stimulation of one's own genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure is an
intrinsically and gravely disordered action.
3. The current economic crisis
is no concern of
mine, because it has not significantly affected me or my family in any way.
4. Sending American jobs away to foreign
maquilas and sweatshops is good for everyone since it gives us inexpensive
merchandise and gives people in poor countries jobs.
5. In this world one can
either be a brave wolf and take what one wants, or a cringing rabbit and get
eaten by the wolves. Life is either eat or get eaten--there is no other
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are of no concern to me, because these places
are far away, and all those who are fighting over
there are volunteers who are doing the job they are paid to do.
This refutation should consist of five parts:
1. State your thesis
(i.e. that the argument you are refuting is absurd, ridiculous, or generally
2. Show your
reasons or warrant why the proposal or argument is absurd.
possible, give an absurd example of how this proposal applies, or would
apply if accepted.
absurd imaginary analogy to increase the force of your refutation. [This would be
alternative [Instead of arguing that ..., it would be much better to ...]
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