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By Anthony Weston

ISBN-10: 0872209547

ISBN-13: 9780872209541

A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct advent to the paintings of writing and assessing arguments, equipped round particular principles, each one illustrated and defined soundly yet in brief. This commonly well known primer - translated into 8 languages - is still the 1st selection in all disciplines for writers who search hassle-free tips approximately find out how to determine arguments and the way to cogently build them.

The fourth variation deals 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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Here an argument is not simply a statement of certain views, and it is not simply a dispute. Arguments are efforts to support certain views with reasons. Arguments in this sense are not pointless; in fact, they are essential. Argument is essential, in the first place, because it is a way of finding out which views are better than others. Not all views are equal. Some conclusions can be supported by good reasons. Others have much weaker support. But often we don’t know which are which. We need to give arguments for different conclusions and then assess those arguments to see how strong they really are.

If you can think of counterexamples to a generalization that you want to defend, then you need to adjust your generalization. ” Such a counterexample may also prompt you to think more deeply about what it is about fast foods that tends to make them unhealthy. Is it partly that deep-frying—with the huge fat load that results—is such a quick and easy way of cooking? Highly processed foods, such as fast-food meat and cheese and milkshake ingredients, also tend to be fattier or unhealthy in other ways.

Sure, our Constitution mandates the Electoral College—that’s a fact—but is it still a good idea? (For that matter, was it ever a good idea? ) Sure, many scientists believe that there is life elsewhere in the universe, but why? What’s the argument? Reasons can be given for different answers. In the end, ideally, you will not only learn some of those reasons but also learn how to weigh them up—and how to seek out more yourself. Mostly, again, it takes time and practice. This book can help! Moreover, the practice of argument turns out to have some attractions of its own.

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