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A rulebook for arguments

Author: Anthony Weston
Publisher: Indianapolis : Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Fifth editionView all editions and formats
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From academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before. This timely fifth edition of A Rulebook for Arguments sharpens an already-classic text, adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general.
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Weston, Anthony, 1954-
Rulebook for arguments.
Indianapolis, Indiana ; Cambridge, Massachusetts : Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., ©2017
xvi, 102 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Weston
ISBN: 9781624666551 1624666558
OCLC Number: 1030892279
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 102 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: I. Short Arguments: Some General Rules --
1. Resolve premises and conclusion --
2. Unfold your ideas in a natural order --
3. Start from reliable premises --
4. Be concrete and concise --
5. Build on substance, not overtone --
6. Use consistent terms --
II. Arguments by Example --
7. Use more than one example --
8. Use representative examples --
9. Background rates are often crucial --
10. Statistics need a critical eye --
11. Reckon with counterexamples --
III. Arguments by Analogy --
12. Analogies require relevantly similar examples --
IV. Arguments from Authority --
13. Cite your sources --
14. Seek informed sources --
15. Seek impartial sources --
16. Cross-check sources --
17. Build your Internet savvy --
IV. Arguments about Causes --
18. Causal arguments start with correlations --
19. Correlations may have alternative explanations --
20. Work toward the most likely explanation --
21. Expect complexity --
VI. Deductive Arguments --
22. Modus ponens --
23. Modus tollens --
24. Hypothetical syllogism --
25. Disjunctive syllogism --
26. Dilemma --
27. Reductio ad absurdum --
28. Deductive arguments in multiple steps --
VII. Extended Arguments --
29. Explore the issue --
30. Spell out basic ideas as arguments --
31. Defend basic premises with arguments of their own --
32. Reckon with objections --
33. Explore alternatives --
VIII. Argumentative Essays --
34. Jump right in --
35. Urge a definite claim or proposal --
36. Your argument is your outline --
37. Detail objections and meet them --
38. Seek feedback and use it --
39. Modesty, please! --
IX. Oral Arguments --
40. Ask for a hearing --
41. Be fully present --
42. Signpost energetically --
43. Hew your visuals to your argument --
44. End in style --
X. Public Debates --
45. Do argument proud --
46. Listen, learn, leverage --
47. Offer something positive --
48. Work from common ground --
49. At least be civil --
50. Leave them thinking when you go --
Appendix I Some Common Fallacies --
Appendix II Definitions --
D1. When terms are unclear, get specific --
D2. When terms are contested, work from the clear cases --
D3. Definitions don't replace arguments.
Responsibility: Anthony Weston.

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From academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before. This timely fifth edition of A Rulebook for Arguments sharpens an already-classic text, adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general.

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