?The concept of “happiness” varies greatly from every individual in today’s postmodern society. It is the key topic of philosophical debate between Ginny Graves and Ruth Whippman, with each of their opinions presented in their published articles. In my personal standpoint, I believe that Graves’ article presented a more persuasive case, and this article seeks to support my evaluation of both articles, based on the following criteria: the source credibility, as well as its logical appeal.
One of the factors is source credibility, which presented for the claims of each article decide its reasonability and persuasiveness. Although both articles can provide contextual evidence to support their claims, those excerpted by Whippman tend to present less credibility. For instance, according to Whippman (2017), a wide body of research has disagreed with the idea that “Happiness comes from within”. Her argument, without assurance through a reliable scholarly source, failed to support with her claim. Information quoted from external sources would be ‘scholarly’, and thus reliable’, if it was obtained from officially recognized archives or academics with credible backgrounds.
As Whippman failed to identify the source of her information, it was insufficient to determine the credibility of the source. At variant with Whippman, Graves’ article is supported by expert’s theory. According to Graves (2017), “studies have shown that people who have happiness as a goal tend to be less happy”, was supported by Susan David, an award-winning PhD psychologist from Harvard Medical School, as reviewed by Ted (David, n.d.).
Graves’s article is published in www.health.com, a platform for health advice. With David’s title and expertise, it enforces the source reliability, and thus the article’s credibility. According to LinkedIn ( LinkedIn, n.
d.), Graves specializes in psychology, health and personal essays, and her experience in these fields had not only been acknowledged with several awards but also regularly contributed towards various highly-acclaimed national magazines. On the contrary, Whippman’s article was published in www.
nytimes.com, a general web platform for news publishing, without specific focus for areas of expertise such as health and fitness. In a nutshell, Ginny’s articles have valid evidence to back up her arguments, enforcing the reliability of her article. The website she published on also has helped her to enforce credibility in her article.ReferencesDavid, S. (n.
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ted.com/speakers/susan_davidGraves, G. (n.d.). (Rep.
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health.com/mind-body/find-deeper-happinessWhippman, R. (n.d.
). (Rep.). Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.
com/in/ruth-whippman-94b89511/Whippman, R. (2017, October 27). Happiness Is Other People. Retrieved January 26, 2018, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/opinion/sunday/happiness-is-other-people.html