Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments

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Allyn and Bacon, Jul 1, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 648 pages
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This brief rhetoric of argument with an anthology of readings on contemporary issues takes a non-Toulmin based approach to writing arguments in an electronic age. By stressing the rhetorical situation and the audience, the rhetoric avoids complicated terminology in favor of providing readers with the practical means to find "good reasons" for the positions they want to advocate. The rhetoric includes readings by professional and student writers, including a pivotal selection from Rachel Carson's extraordinarily influential argument, Silent Spring. The anthology reprints over 60 arguments on interesting current issues: the environment, affirmative action, censorship, Title IX, substance abuse, gay rights, and "the body." For anyone interested in argument composition.

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Contents

What to Argue About
5
Causal Analysis Arguments
18
Issues
26
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Lester Faigley (University of Texas, Austin), 1996 chair of CCCC and winner of the 1992 MLA Shaughnessy Prize, is known for his scholarship about visual discourse and electronic technologies.

Selzer teaches in the English Department at Pennsylvania State University.

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