Elements of Reasoning

ISBN-10: 0205315119
ISBN-13: 9780205315116
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $56.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 146
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The second edition of The Elements of Reasoning retains the accessible and succinct approach that made the first edition the best treatment of the essentials of argumentation. It presents the principles that govern the composition of effective argumentative discourse and includes brief examples, with analyses that show students the underlying structure of the argument presented and the ways in which the rhetoric was persuasive. For anyone interested in rhetoric and reasoning.

Preface
Reasoning: Are You For It or Against It? The Powers of Reasoning
Elemental Questions
Pluto and Plato
Fine Language and Geometry Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
The End of Reasoning
Internal and External Reasoning: An Example
Rhetorical Inventions Beyond “For or Against.” Reasoning Practice
Invention: Places, Paths, and Structures of Reasoning
An Introduction to the Specific Elements
Places of Reasoning: Topoi
Paths of Reasoning: The Stases
Structures of Reasoning
From Invention to Judgment
Stases and Time
Reasoning Practice
Conjectures: Places to Begin
The Primary Stasis
A Trove of Conjectural Claims
How to Spot a Conjectural Claim
Three Types of Conjectural Claims
Reasoning Practice
Definitions: They Can Change Everything
Rhetoric and Definitions
Dictionary Definitions
Neologisms
Stipulative Definitions
Specific Means of Defining
Reasoning Practice
Causes and Consequences: A Sense of How the World Works
How Could This Happen? Reasoning from Effect to Cause
Reasoning from Cause to Effect
Antecedence-Subsequence
Post-Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
Chance as a Causal Factor
Chance and Causality, Myth and Cosmology
Some Guideline for Causal Reasoning
Causality and the Ends of Reasoning
Reasoning Practice
Values: Judgments Grounded in Nature and Consequences
Criteria
Supporting Value Claims: Nature and Consequences
One Example of Claims about Value: Music
Another Example: Family Farms
Weighting Criteria
Guidelines for Reasoning about Values
Reasoning Practice
Procedures and Proposals: Actualizing the Potential for Change
Ready? “Houston: We Have a Problem.” A Modest Proposal
Feasibility, Plausibility, Credibility
Guidelines for Reasoning about Procedures and Proposals
Reasoning Practice
Becoming a Citizen Critic: Where Rhetoric Meets the Road
Diversions of Reasoning
Spectator Culture, Consumer Culture, Democratic Culture
Reasoning to Invoke Citizen Critics
What Is a Citizen? And a Citizen of What? The Enthymemes of This Book
Reasoning Practice
Index

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