It was said in the previous chapter that investigating was both an everyday activity and an academic one. The same is true of arguing. Whether you’re consciously aware of it or not, you integrate into your daily routines such activities as the following:
• Putting forward your point of view • Questioning what you are told • Contradicting people • Offering evidence for a claim • Asking someone to justify their position
All these activities are part of the behaviour we call ‘argument’. Here is a dictionary deﬁnition of this behaviour:
argue. give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory, typically with the aim of persuading others to share one’s view.