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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