Writing Arguments : A Rhetoric with Readings

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-07
  • Publisher: Longman
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The market-leading guide to arguments, Writing Arguments ,8/e has proven highly successful in teaching readers to read arguments critically and to produce effective arguments of their own.

Argument is a part of our daily lives. Whether we use or are confronted by it through the written or the spoken word, we rely on and encounter it often. Yet what exactly constitutes an effective argument? How do we construct one? And how are we able to recognize an ineffective argument? These topics, and many more, are the focus of this book on writing arguments. This book presents four approaches to argument: the enthymeme, Toulmin's system of analyzing arguments, stasis theory on categories of claims, and the three classical appeals of logos, pathos and ethos.

With a strong focus on the argument as a social act, the book treats the argument as a means of clarification, truth-seeking and persuasion, thereby highlighting the power of debate and dialectic. Writers, teachers, debaters, lawyers, and others using argument.

Table of Contents

Overview of Argument
Argument: An Introduction
What Do We Mean by Argument?
Argument Is Not a Fight or a Quarrel
Argument Is Not Pro-Con Debate
Arguments Can Be Explicit or Implicit
Let the Facts Decide, Not Fear
The Defining Features of Argument
Argument Requires Justification of Its Claims
Argument Is Both a Process and a Product
Argument Combines Truth Seeking and Persuasion
Argument and the Problem of Truth
A Successful Process of Argumentation: The Well-Functioning Committee Gordon Adams (student)
ldquo;Petition to Waive the University Mathematics Requirementrdquo;
Argument as Inquiry: Reading and Exploring
Finding Issues to Explore
Do Some Initial Brainstorming
Be Open to the Issues All Around You
Explore Ideas by Freewriting
Explore Ideas by Idea-Mapping
Explore Ideas by Playing the Believing and Doubting
Game Placing Texts in a Rhetorical Context
Genres of Argument
Cultural Contexts: Who Writes Arguments and Why?
Analyzing Rhetorical
Context and Genre Reading to Believe an Argumentrsquo;s Claims
Summary Writing as a Way of Reading to Believe
Practicing Believing: Willing Your Own Belief in the Writerrsquo;s Views
Reading to Doubt
Thinking Dialectically
Questions to Stimulate Dialectic Thinking
Why Blame Mexico?
Three Ways to Foster Dialectic Thinking
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Wonderful August 8, 2011
This is a textbook required for an English Composition class. To date, I've found it surprisingly well written and provocative. It's been many years since I took an English composition course and I may actually find I enjoy it in part due to this text.
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