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The persuasive pen : an integrated approach to reasoning and writing

Author: Nancy Carrick; Lawrence Finsen
Publisher: Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett Publishers, ©1997.
Series: Jones and Bartlett series in logic, critical thinking, and scientific method.
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"The Persuasive Pen offers practical assistance in both the writing process and critical thinking. It teaches students how to think critically and clearly, and how to shape ideas convincingly for readers with varying expectations and responses. This book will be of interest to anyone who teaches a Clinical Thinking course, offered in both Philosophy and English departments; Informal Logic; English Composition;  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Carrick; Lawrence Finsen
ISBN: 076370234X 9780763702342
OCLC Number: 35360892
Description: xiii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. Discovering the Issues --
1. Introduction: A Case Study of Sherlock Holmes --
2. Defining a Topic for Thinking and Writing --
3. Invention --
II. Discovering the Best Arguments --
4. Identifying Arguments and Their Structures --
5. Reconstructing Arguments --
6. Evaluating Arguments I: Deductive Reasoning --
7. Evaluating Arguments II: Inductive Reasoning --
8. Fallacies --
III. Public Writing --
9. Style --
10. Making It Public.
Series Title: Jones and Bartlett series in logic, critical thinking, and scientific method.
Responsibility: Nancy Carrick and Lawrence Finsen.

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"The Persuasive Pen offers practical assistance in both the writing process and critical thinking. It teaches students how to think critically and clearly, and how to shape ideas convincingly for readers with varying expectations and responses. This book will be of interest to anyone who teaches a Clinical Thinking course, offered in both Philosophy and English departments; Informal Logic; English Composition; Persuasive Writing; and other interdisciplinary courses in which argumentation, writing, and research skills are emphasized." "Special Features: Stresses what students can do to reason and write more effectively rather than on errors to avoid. Contains a wealth of well-designed exercises and examples. Class tested for a number of years. Helps students at all stages of the writing process by providing them with ideas on how to begin a project and carry it all the way through to completion."--Jacket.

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