The critical response paper provides you an opportunity to go on the “argumentat

The critical response paper provides you an opportunity to go on the “argumentative offense” against one of the web-linked readings listed in the syllabus (some are articles while others are court decisions). Your job is to write a five page paper in which you explain the arguments contained in the article or court decision and then provide arguments as to why they are wrong. This paper can be described as being on the offensive because you are not tasked with providing or defending any alternative solution to the problem. However, you must make sure that your criticisms are accurate, consistent, and are not easily responded to. If in your critique you see an opportunity for the original author to counter your attack, then you should mention that counter and then provide a response to it. In other words, intellectual honesty requires that you give adequate voice to what others have said and what they would say in response to your criticism. Like any lawyer making an argument you can’t hide obvious responses. You must anticipate them and respond to them in order to be persuasive. In the end your objective is only to show fairly, and persuasively, that the position the author or court has taken is incorrect.

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