A Rulebook for Arguments (Fourth Edition)

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Hackett Publishing, 1992 - English language - 104 pages
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A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments, organized around specific rules, each illustrated and explained soundly but briefly.  This widely popular primer—translated into eight languages—remains the first choice in all disciplines for writers who seek straightforward guidance about how to assess arguments and how to cogently construct them.

The fourth edition offers a revamped and more tightly focused approach to extended arguments, a new chapter on oral arguments, and updated examples and topics throughout.

 

"This is the ultimate 'how-to' book for anyone who wants to use reasons and evidence in support of conclusions, to be clear instead of confusing, persuasive instead of dogmatic, and better at evaluating the arguments of others.  No one outgrows its forty-five timeless rules, all explained and illustrated with vivid examples.  The fourth edition, even more elegantly organized and concise than before, adds new material on oral presentations and Web sources that everyone needs." --Debra Nails, Michigan State University
 

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A necessity for anyone writing a persuasive essay. It is clearly laid out, easy to follow and very informative. An excellent reference piece for all college students and very inexpensive. I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - lbeaumont - LibraryThing

Concise and Precise This concise introduction to critical thinking presents rules for clear thinking, valid communications, and creating and assessing persuasive arguments. Its 87 brief pages are ... Read full review

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Contents

Some General Rules
1
II Generalizations
9
III Arguments by Analogy
19
IV Sources
23
V Arguments about Causes
31
VI Deductive Arguments
37
VII Extended Arguments
49
VIII Argumentative Essays
59
IX Oral Arguments
67
Some Common Fallacies
73
Definitions
81
Resources
87
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About the author (1992)

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Elon University.

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