By Anthony Weston

ISBN-10: 0872209547

ISBN-13: 9780872209541

A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct creation to the artwork of writing and assessing arguments, equipped round particular principles, every one illustrated and defined soundly yet in short. This extensively renowned primer - translated into 8 languages - continues to be the 1st selection in all disciplines for writers who search user-friendly information approximately how one can determine arguments and the way to cogently build them.

The fourth variation bargains a remodeled and extra tightly centred method of prolonged arguments, a brand new bankruptcy on oral arguments, and up to date examples and issues all through.

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This book is one attempt to suggest how. Note to the Fourth Edition Logic doesn’t change, but the times do. Today students are coming to college better prepared, and high schools and even middle schools are teaching critical thinking themselves. A rulebook of this sort, still very introductory, can ask more and go further than it did when I first wrote it twenty years ago. This new edition therefore has been significantly overhauled. Three chapters on argumentative essays have been replaced by one chapter on extended arguments generally, one on argumentative essays proper, and a new chapter on oral arguments.

Thus, Nordwell insists that he has as much “right” to claim Italy as Columbus had to claim America. But, of course, Nordwell has no right at all to claim Italy. It follows that Columbus had no right at all to claim America. Nordwell has no right to claim Italy for another people, let alone “by right of discovery” (because Italy has been inhabited by its own people for centuries). Columbus’s claim to America “by right of discovery” is like Nordwell’s claim to Italy (America, too, had been inhabited by its own people for centuries).

Logic. 3. English language—Rhetoric. I. Title. W47 2009 168—dc22 2008026720 PRC ISBN: 978-1-60384-090-3 Contents Preface Note to the Fourth Edition Introduction I. Short Arguments: Some General Rules 1. Identify premises and conclusion 2. Develop 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. Generalizations 7. Use more than one example 8. Use representative examples 9. Background rates may be crucial 10.

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