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For Argument's Sake A Guide to Writing Effective Arguments

ISBN-10: 0618917950
ISBN-13: 9780618917952
Edition: 5th 2005
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Book details

List price: $133.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 7/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

This concise rhetoric features practical advice for writing the four most common types of argument: factual, causal, evaluation, and recommendation. Structured around three main phases of writing -- focusing, supporting, and reviewing--For Argument's Sake, Fifth Edition, helps students find and focus a claim, gather and organize supporting information, and refine and polish their argument. Numerous sample arguments, including several pieces written by students, illustrate principles and strategies for strong, compelling writing.

Katherine Mayberry is Professor of Language and Literature at Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Liberal Arts.

An Introduction to Argument
An Extended Definition
The Classes of Argument
Argument through Image
The Argument Process
Reading Arguments Conclusion
Where Writing Begins: Motives and Audience Motives for Writing
The Importance of Audience
The Claim How Claims Work Classifying your Claim
An Argument's Support
Some Varieties of Support
Supporting your Argument
Visually Arranging your Argument's
Support Definitions
Making Reasonable Arguments: Formal and Informal Logic Formal Logic
The Toulmin Model: A Modern Variant of Formal Logic Informal Fallacies
Arguing Fact What Is a Fact?
Supporting Facts Reported by Primary and Secondary Sources
Supporting Personally Experienced Facts
Supporting Factual Generalizations Statistics
Two Sample Factual Arguments
Arguing Cause
Determining Cause
Distinguishing Among Sufficient Causes
Causal Chains
Contributing Factors
Supporting Causal Claims
Arguing Effects
Two Sample Causal Arguments
Arguing Evaluations
Evaluative Subjects and Terms
Establishing the Definition of the Evaluative Term
Arguing the Evaluation
Further Methods of Supporting Evaluations
The Varieties of Evaluations
Sample Ethical Evaluation
Sample Interpretation
Arguing Recommendations
Audience Needs and Values Recommendations
Emphasizing the Present Recommendations
Emphasizing the Future Recommendations that Consider Present and Future
Two Sample Recommendations
Writing and Image
The Role of Voice
The Virtues and Limitations of Plain
Writing Figures of Speech
Connotative Language and Slanting
The Music of Language
Introductions and Conclusions
Introductions
Conclusions
Summaries
Revising Writing a First Draft, Revising, and Editing
Some Suggestions for Successful Revising
An Example of Revision
Credits
Index

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