Argument as Conversation.

For my Argument as Conversation blog post I was extremely interested in reading how Greene, the author, viewed inquiry as an important role in writing a researched argument. Greene discusses several principles, research as a conversational issue, where an issue and situation contribute to framing a problem a particular way and researchers seek not to collect information but to generate new knowledge in a social process – being the ideas and activities that drive the college that I attend today. Green states early in the chapter that “argument is very much like conversation” and it is a statement I wholeheartedly agree with. As we dispute a particular topic, we are conversing, albeit in a slightly more authoritative way.

When performing research, it is important to use scholarly sources as they tend to be more reliable in comparison to websites such as Wikipedia etc. In the inquiry process, it is important to find out who else had addressed similar problems, conflicts, or questions in order to take a stance within some on-going scholarly conversation. This can be closely linked with Burke’s Parlour Metaphor, where you enter a conversation that began many years before you and it is only now you are having your say. Furthermore, when you are preparing to make your mark in the never ending conversation it is vital you follow the three steps Greene presents to us: Identifying the issue, Identifying the situation, and framing a good question. The question is extremely important as it must be specific enough to guide your inquiry while keeping you interested as the researcher. A good question is one that is open ended and can be answered given the access we have to certain kinds of information.

In conclusion, I enjoyed Greene’s views in relation to the inquiry process and research and feel it will stand to me having more specificity in future research assignments.



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