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Fundamentals of critical argumentation

Author: Douglas N Walton
Publisher: Cambridge [UK] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Critical reasoning and argumentation.
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"Fundamentals of Critical Argumentation presents the basic tools for the identification, analysis, and evaluation of common arguments for beginners. The book teaches by using examples of arguments in dialogues, both in the text itself and in the exercises. Examples of controversial legal, political, and ethical arguments are analyzed. Illustrating the most common kinds of arguments, the book also explains how to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Lehrbuch
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas N Walton
ISBN: 0521823196 9780521823197 0521530202 9780521530200
OCLC Number: 57434163
Description: xvi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Arguments and dialogues --
Dialogues --
Arguments --
Questions and statements --
Arguments in dialogues--
Generalizations --
Chaining of arguments --
Criticizing by questioning or rebuttal --
Criticizing and argument by asking a question --
Disputes and dissents --
Concepts useful for understanding arguments --
Inconsistency --
Three kinds of arguments --
Syllogisms --
Complex propositions --
Some other common forms of deductive argument --
Probability and inductive argument --
Plausible argumentation --
Arguments and explanations --
Argumentation schemes --
Appeal to expert opinion --
Argument from popular opinion --
Argument from analogy --
Argument from correlation to cause --
Argument from consequences and slippery slope --
Argument from sign --
Argument from commitment --
Ad hominem arguments --
Argument from verbal classification --
Argument reconstruction --
Single and linked arguments --
Convergent arguments --
Serial and divergent arguments --
Distinguishing between linked and convergent arguments --
Extended arguments --
Enthymemes --
Cleaning up a text of discourse --
Dialogues --
Persuasion dialogue --
Commitment in dialogue --
Other types of dialogue --
Simple and complex questions --
Loaded questions --
Responding to tricky questions --
Relevance of questions and replies --
Detecting bias --
Loaded terms --
Point of view and burden of proof --
Biased argumentation --
Verbal disputes --
Lexical, stipulative and persuasive definitions --
Philosophical and scientific definitions --
Normal and troublesome bias --
Relevance --
Probative relevance --
Dialectical relevance --
Relevance in meetings and debates --
Relevance in legal argumentation --
Fear appeal arguments --
Threats as arguments --
Appeal to pity --
Shifts and relevance --
Practical reasoning in a dialogical framework --
Practical inferences --
Necessary and sufficient conditions --
Disjunctive reasoning --
Taking consequences into account --
The dilemma --
The closed world assumption --
Lack of knowledge inferences --
Real world situations.
Series Title: Critical reasoning and argumentation.
Responsibility: Douglas Walton.
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"Fundamentals of Critical Argumentation presents the basic tools for the identification, analysis, and evaluation of common arguments for beginners. The book teaches by using examples of arguments in dialogues, both in the text itself and in the exercises. Examples of controversial legal, political, and ethical arguments are analyzed. Illustrating the most common kinds of arguments, the book also explains how to evaluate each kind by critical questioning."--Jacket.

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