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Critical Thinking and Communication : The Use of Reason in Argument

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Edition:
6th
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9780205453542

ISBN10:
0205453546
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2010
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

Relating common theoretical models to true-to-life examples from law, ethics, education, and business, Inch and Warnick stress the importance of argumentation in everyday life as they build reader competence and critical awareness. Critical Thinking and Communicationencourages readers to develop skills in both constructing and refuting arguments. Through exercises and examples, readers learn how to create individual arguments, extend argument cases, and understand how arguments are designed and how to interpret them. The text allow readers to conceptualize argumentation in the larger framework of verbal and written interaction, from public speaking and debating to interpersonal, intercultural, and small group communication.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
SECTION I BUILDING A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
1(100)
Arguments, Argumentation, and Critical Thought
2(28)
The Process of Critical Thought
5(3)
Argumentation and Arguments
8(4)
Argument Contexts
12(12)
Summary
24(1)
Exercises
25(5)
How Arguments Work: Developing a Co-Orientation
30(32)
Perspectives on Argumentation
32(3)
Arguer-Based Approaches
35(9)
Co-Orientational Approach
44(10)
Summary
54(2)
Exercises
56(6)
Argument Analysis and Criticism
62(39)
Benefits of Argument Analysis
63(3)
An Approach for Analysis
66(12)
Understanding Fallacies
78(3)
Types of Fallacies
81(14)
Summary
95(1)
Exercises
96(5)
SECTION II PARSING ARGUMENTS
101(92)
Argument Claims and Propositions
102(27)
The Nature of Claims and Propositions
104(5)
Formulating A Proposition
109(6)
Classification of Claims
115(9)
Summary
124(1)
Exercises
125(4)
Evidence: The Foundation for Arguments
129(33)
The Nature of Evidence
132(1)
Types of Evidence
133(3)
Evaluating Fact and Opinion Evidence
136(5)
Evaluating Statistical Evidence
141(2)
Presenting Evidence
143(3)
Research Strategies for Locating Evidence
146(10)
Summary
156(1)
Exercises
157(5)
Reasoning
162(31)
Formal Logic and Practical Reasoning
165(1)
Reasoning As Inference Making
166(18)
Summary
184(2)
Exercises
186(7)
SECTION III ARGUING EXTENDED CASES
193(82)
Arguing about Facts and Case Construction
194(29)
Arguing About Facts, Values, and Policies
197(2)
Relating Facts, Values, and Policies
199(2)
Issue Mapping
201(2)
Principles of Case Construction
203(5)
Stock Issues in Fact-Based Cases
208(3)
The Issues Brief
211(3)
Principles of Refutation
214(3)
Summary
217(1)
Exercises
218(5)
Arguing about Values
223(22)
Values and Value Systems
225(5)
The Process of Value Change
230(1)
Values and Argumentation
231(2)
Stock Issues for Value Arguments
233(4)
The Issues Brief
237(2)
Summary
239(1)
Exercises
239(6)
Arguing about Policies
245(30)
Policy Arguments and Policy Systems
248(2)
Stock Issues in Policy Arguments
250(6)
The Issues Brief
256(5)
Alternative Formats for Arguing Policies
261(6)
Alternative Formats for Refuting Policy Arguments
267(2)
Summary
269(2)
Exercises
271(4)
SECTION IV COMMUNICATING ARGUMENTS
275(78)
Culture and Language
276(36)
Culture and Argumentation
278(10)
Language and Argumentation
288(16)
Summary
304(1)
Exercises
305(7)
Arguers, Recipients, and Ethics
312(41)
The Nature of Argument Recipients
314(7)
The Audience and Argumentation
321(7)
The Arguer and Argumentation
328(6)
Ethics and Argumentation
334(5)
Developing An Ethical Code
339(2)
Summary
341(3)
Exercises
344(9)
Appendix A Intercollegiate Debate 353(18)
Appendix B Answers to Selected Exercises 371(10)
Index 381


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