Current Issues and Enduring Questions A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings

ISBN-10: 0312547323

ISBN-13: 9780312547325

Edition: 9th 2010

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The unique collaborative effort of a professor of English and a professor of philosophy,Current Issues and Enduring Questionsis a balanced and flexible book that provides the benefits of the authors' dual expertise in effective persuasive writing and rigorous critical thinking. Refined through eight widely adopted editions, it has been revised to address current student interests and trends in argument, research, and writing. Its comprehensive coverage of classic and contemporary approaches to argument includes Aristotle, Toulmin, and a range of alternative views, making it an extraordinarily versatile text. Readings on contemporary controversies (including environmental stewardship, student-teacher relationships, cyber bullying, and the limits of reproductive rights) and classical philosophical questions (such as How free is the will of the individual?) are sure to spark student interest and lively discussion and writing. No other text and reader offers such an extensive resource for teaching argument.
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Book details

List price: $78.99
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 7/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1072
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.772
Language: English

Preface
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking
Thinking about Drivers' Licenses and Photographic Identification
Thinking About Another Issue Concerning Drivers' Licenses: Imagination, Analysis, Evaluation
Thinking about Student Evaluations of their Professors
Idea Prompt: Visualizing Pros and Cons
Writing as a Way of Thinking
Getting Ideas
Idea Prompt: Understanding Classical Topics
A Checklist for Critical Thinking
A Short Essay Illustrating Critical Thinking
The Undercover Parent
Letters of Response by Carol Weston, Jan Brotman, and Marissa Isaak
A Checklist for Evaluating Letters of Response
Examining Assumptions
A Checklist for Examining Assumptions
Should We Save the Jerboa?
Five Exercises in Critical Thinking
Critical Reading: Getting Started
Active Reading
Summarizing and Paraphrasing
A Note about Paraphrase and Plagiarism
Last Words (Almost) about Summarizing
Susan Jacoby, A First Amendment Junkie
Summarizing Jacoby, Paragraph by Paragraph
A Checklist for Getting Started
You're 16, You're Beautiful and You're a Voter
Exercise: Examining Paragraphs
Letters of Response by Betty Agard, Robert Epstein, Delia McQuade Emmons, and Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
(student essay), Why the Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Revised
A Casebook for Critical Reading: Should Some Kinds of Speech be Censored?
Let's Put Pornography Back in the Closet
On Racist Speech
Protecting Freedom of Expression on the Campus
Douse the Online Flamers
Thinking Further about Freedom of Expression, Cyberbullying, and Facebook
Exercise: Letter to the Editor
Critical Reading: Getting Deeper into Arguments
Persuasion, Argument, Dispute
Reason versus Rationalization
Some Procedures in Argument
Definition
Idea Prompt: Ways to Give Definitions
A Checklist for Evaluation Statistical Evidence
Nonrational Appeals
Does All Writing Contain Arguments?
A Checklist for Analyzing an Argument
An Example: An Argument and a Look at the Writer's Strategies
George F. Will, Being Green at Ben and Jerry's
George F. Will's Strategies
Arguments for Analysis
When "Identity" Politics is Rational
If Poison Gas Can Go, Why Not Nukes?
Gloria Jim�©nez (student essay), Against the Odds, and Against the Common Good
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