Critical Thinking and Communication : The Use of Reason in Argument

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-23
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Relating common theoretical models to true-to-life examples from law, ethics, education, and business, the authors 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 in a variety of contexts from informal conversations to structured debates. Through exercises and examples, readers learn how to create arguments, developed extended cases, and how to critically understand and interpret them. The Sixth Edition continues to help readers conceptualize argumentation in the larger framework of verbal and written communication, from public speaking and debating to interpersonal, intercultural, and small group communication.

Table of Contents

Developing A Conceptual Framework For Argument
Argument and Critical Thought
Critical Thought
Argumentation and Argument Argument Contexts
Co-Orientational View of Argument
Perspectives on Argumentation
How Argument Perspectives are Used
Arguer-Based Argument
Co-Orientational Approach
Argument Cultures and Ethics
Culture and Argumentation
Ethics and Argumentation
Developing an Ethical Code
The Parts Of An Argument
Claims and Propositions
Nature of Claims and Propositions
Formulating a Proposition
Classification of Claims
Nature of Evidence
Types of Evidence
Evaluating Evidence
Evaluating Statistical Evidence
Presenting Evidence
Role of the Advocate
Formal Logic and Practical Reasoning
Reasoning as Inference Making
Presenting And Critically Evaluating Arguments
Communicating Arguments
Arguer as Communicator
Characteristics of Recipients
Communication Strategies, Techniques, and Principles Using Language
Argument Analysis and Criticism
Benefits of Argument Analysis
An Approach for Analysis
Understanding Fallacies
Developing And Arguing Extended Cases
Case Construction and Arguing About Facts
Arguing about Facts, Values, and Policies
Relating Facts, Values, and Polices
Issue Mapping
Principles of Case Construction
Principles of Refutation
Developing Fact-Based Cases
Arguing About Values
Values and Value Systems
The Process of Value Change
Values and Argumentation
Stock Issues for Value
Arguments Issues Brief
Arguing About Polices
The Future Nature of Policies
Policy Systems
Stock Issues in Policy Arguments
The Issues
Brief Alternative Formats for Arguing Policies
Alternative Formats for Refuting Policies
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A good step-by-step guide to argument and debate March 23, 2011
I have used this textbook to teach my argumentation course for the past three years. It has proven very effective in teaching students step-by-step how to recognize claims, evidence and reasoning, the book came to me in a very good condition and real fast.
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