Posner's Argument

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In the essay, University is Right to Crack Down on Speech and Behavior by Eric Posner argues that students today are more like children than adults and need protection. Posner would always refer back to the college student and how they are still kids not age wise but as their maturity. “The problem is that universities have been treating children like adults.” (Posner 185). The context of his argument is involved with the speed codes. He believes that the college students need to be protected. I would say that Posner uses deductive and inductive reasoning in this argument one was when he was talking about our brain. “ Scientific research confirms that brain development continues well into a person’s 20s.” This quote is found in paragraph 9. He is using a deductive argument because it 's…show more content…
“It is the responsibility of the professor to conduct the class in such a way that maximal learning occurs, not maximal speech.That’s why no teacher would permit students to launch into anti-Semitic diatribes in a class about the Holocaust” (paragraph 5)I believe this is an Either/or fallacy. He tries to force a conclusion by pressing just two choices one which is clearly more desirable than the other. Another fallacy is “Teachers are dictators who carefully control what students say to one another.” Would this be an example of the Strawman fallacy, because of the lack of the support? It 's an argument that can be easily be refuted.I think what the author tries to do with this essay was to send information and possibly change people 's ideas of the speech codes. I would say his essay is weak simply because he would have statements that did not have support like in paragraph 8, Posner was talking how the universities adopted speech and sex codes “because that’s what most students want” he would just leave the statement hanging, without making it clear. Also, I just don’t think his argument got many people 's agreement because he kept saying that These "children" still need to be

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