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The Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking

Author: Colin Swatridge
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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How do you approach an essay or discussion question? How do you review what claims others have made and offer counter-claims? And how do you weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of your own argument before putting together a persuasive conclusion?This accessible book takes you step by step through the art of argument, from thinking about what to write and how you might write it, to how you may strengthen your  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Swatridge, Colin.
Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Swatridge
ISBN: 9780191651793 0191651796 9781306837194 1306837197
OCLC Number: 900093848
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (1 online resource (256 pages))
Contents: Cover; The Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Figure Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 What do you do when you argue a case?; Claims and conclusions; Reasons and inference; Titles as questions; Support for a conclusion; 2 How will you make yourself clear?; Vagueness and definition; Assumptions; Ambiguity and conflation; Ordering and indicating; 3 What case have others made?; Counter-claims; Counter-argument; Selection and evaluation of sources; Reputation and expertise; 4 What do you make of these arguments?; Overstatement and straw man. Causes and conditionsAppeals to the past; Appeals to feelings; 5 How will you support your case?; Examples and anecdotes; Facts and factual claims; Statistical evidence; Credibility and corroboration; 6 How much can you be sure about?; Certainty and plausibility; Deductive argument; Conditional claims; Logic and truth; 7 How much is a matter of belief?; Point of view; Belief and opinion; Bias and neutrality; Values and principles; 8 Are you over-simplifying the issue?; Ad hominem and tu quoque ploys; False dichotomy; Over-generalization; Analogy and slippery slope. 9 Does your argument hang together?Contradiction; Consistency and coherence; Changing the subject; Begging the question; 10 How will you lay out your case?; Structure of reasoning; Intermediate conclusion; Alternative inferences; Quotation and referencing; A summary of recommendations for effective argument made in this book; Exemplar arguments; Responses to questions; Index.
Responsibility: Colin Swatridge.

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How do you approach an essay or discussion question? How do you review what claims others have made and offer counter-claims? And how do you weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of your own argument before putting together a persuasive conclusion?This accessible book takes you step by step through the art of argument, from thinking about what to write and how you might write it, to how you may strengthen your claims, and how to come to a strong conclusion. Engagingly written and featuring useful summaries at the end of each chapter, this new book offers easily transferable practical advice on.

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