Shape of Reason Argumentative Writing in College

ISBN-10: 0321320778
ISBN-13: 9780321320773
Edition: 4th 2006
Authors: John T. Gage
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Book details

List price: $67.60
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This brief rhetoric of argument teaches critical reading, informal reasoning, and writing as reasoned inquiry, and now features a mini-anthology of arguments on civic issues. The Shape of Reason emphasizes the enthymeme as the central basis for the invention and structure of arguments. This approach blends classical insights into rhetorical reasoning with contemporary understandings of the composing process as generative and organic, situated within discourse communities. The book helps to understand argument as inquiry, stressing the responsibility that writers have - to their audience and to their own ideas - in structuring arguments that earn their conclusions and in considering opposing arguments. For anyone interested in argumentative writing.

All chapters conclude with Questions for Thought, Discussion, and Writing
A Note to Students
A Note to Instructors
Acknowledgements
Writing and the College Community
Discourse Communities
Judgment and Writing
This Book and You
Purpose and Design
Earned Conclusions
Critical Reading
How We Read
A Case in Point
Jackson Says Black English Isn't a Separate Language
Oakland Unified School District, Synopsis of the Adopted Policy on Standard American English Language Development
Reading and Belief
Some Considerations for Critical Reading
The Deep Structure of Reasoning
On Dialectic
The Interplay of Dualisms
Asking Questions, Generating Ideas
An Idea Worth Writing About
Ideas in Context: Audience
Stasis
Stasis: Kinds of Questions at Issue
Kinds of Inquiry
What a Thesis Does
The Need for Precision
Generating Stasis Questions about Fiction
Revising a Thesis
Giving Reasons
What a Reason Does
The Enthymeme: Connecting Reasons and Conclusions
Connecting the Enthymeme and Audience
Informal Reasoning
Exploring the Audience Connection
Kinds of Appeal
Relevance and Connectedness
Relative Precision
Circular Reasoning
Developing Structures
The Structural Enthymeme
From Enthymeme to Structure
From Structure to Essay: An Analysis
Revising and Editing
Revision and Style as Rethinking
Obstacles to Revision
Responding to Your Teacher's Comments
Style and Attitudes
Style and Clear Thinking
Editing as Rethinking
Proofreading
Implications for Research
Critical Reading and Research
Asking Questions for Research
Research and Reasons
Structuring Research
Readings for Analysis, Discussion, and Written Response
Issues about the Limits of Civil Authority
Plato, Crito
Resistance to Civil Government
A Call for Unity
Letter from Birmingham Jail
The Feminization of Earth First!
Civil Disobedience: Destroyer of Democracy
Seoor Payroll
Section 2
On the Uses of a Liberal Education: As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students
Revising Our College Education: Participation Is the Key
The Truth about The Truth
What Does a Woman Need to Know?
At Miss Porter's, Girls Are Taking on a Winning (Gasp!) Attitude
Internet Forum on Jock Culture
The Jock Culture: Time to Debate the Questions
Responses from jg1937, orchid, amiante, dickmorr, amianti, shuarl
The New Tribalism
The American Dream
Issues about Language and Human Community
The Four Idols
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