A Rulebook for Arguments (4th Edition) by Anthony Weston

By Anthony Weston

A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct creation to the paintings of writing and assessing arguments, prepared round particular principles, each one illustrated and defined soundly yet in short. This generally renowned primer - translated into 8 languages - is still the 1st selection in all disciplines for writers who search elementary assistance approximately how one can check arguments and the way to cogently build them.

The fourth variation bargains a made over and extra tightly concentrated method of prolonged arguments, a brand new bankruptcy on oral arguments, and up-to-date examples and subject matters all through.

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Defend basic premises with arguments of their own 32. Consider objections 33. Consider alternatives VIII. Argumentative Essays 34. Jump right in 35. Make a definite claim or proposal 36. Your argument is your outline 37. Detail objections and meet them 38. Get feedback and use it 39. Modesty, please! IX. Oral Arguments 40. Reach out to your audience 41. Be fully present 42. Signpost your argument 43. Offer something positive 44. Use visual aids sparingly 45. End in style Appendix I: Some Common Fallacies Appendix II: Definitions D1.

What’s the argument? Reasons can be given for different answers. In the end, ideally, you will not only learn some of those reasons but also learn how to weigh them up—and how to seek out more yourself. Mostly, again, it takes time and practice. This book can help! Moreover, the practice of argument turns out to have some attractions of its own. Our minds become more flexible, open-ended, and alert. We come to appreciate how much difference our own critical thinking can really make. From everyday family life to politics, science, philosophy, and even religion, arguments are constantly offered to us for our consideration, and we may in turn offer back our own.

Remember, though: mere disagreement does not automatically disqualify a source. A few people may still disagree that the Earth is round, but it is not a genuinely open question. 7 Sure, there’s still controversy, but not among the experts. You may need to look into disagreements such as these to decide how seriously to take them. 17 Use the Web with care Enter a few keywords and the Web will give you truckloads of information on almost any question or issue. All manner of views and topics are available, almost instantly, that would take forever to turn up if we had to search painstakingly and by hand in libraries or by correspondence.

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