Rulebook for Arguments

ISBN-10: 0872205525

ISBN-13: 9780872205529

Edition: 3rd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Anthony Weston

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Updated examples, streamlined text, and the chapter on definition reworked in a rule-based format strengthen this already strong volume. Readers familiar with the previous edition will find a text that retains all the features that make Rulebook ideally suited for use as a supplementary course book -- including its modest price and compact size. Unlike most textbooks on argumentative writing, Rulebook is organised around specific rules, illustrated and explained soundly and briefly. It is not a textbook, but a rulebook, whose goal is to help students get on with writing a paper or assessing an argument.
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List price: $6.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Composing a Short Argument: Some General Rules
Distinguish premises and conclusion
Present your ideas in a natural order
Start from reliable premises
Be concrete and concise
Avoid loaded language
Use consistent terms
Stick to one meaning for each term
Arguments by Example
Give more than one example
Use representative examples
Background information is crucial
Consider counterexamples
Arguments by Analogy
Analogy requires a relevantly similar example
Arguments from Authority
Sources should be cited
Seek informed sources
Seek impartial sources
Cross-check sources
Personal attacks do not disqualify a source
Arguments about Causes
Explain how cause leads to effect
Propose the most likely cause
Correlated events are not necessarily related
Correlated events may have a common cause
Either of two correlated events may cause the other
Causes may be complex
Deductive Arguments
Modus Ponens
Modus Tollens
Hypothetical Syllogism
Disjunctive Syllogism
Reductio ad absurdum
Deductive arguments in several steps
Composing an Argumentative Essay
Exploring the Issue
Explore the arguments on all sides of the issue
Question and defend each argument's premises
Revise and rethink arguments as they emerge
Composing an Argumentative Essay
Main Points of the Essay
Explain the question
Make a definite claim or proposal
Develop your arguments fully
Consider objections
Consider alternatives
Composing an Argumentative Essay
Follow your outline
Keep the introduction brief
Give your arguments one at a time
Clarify, clarify, clarify
Support objections with arguments
Don't claim more than you have shown
The Two Great Fallacies
Some Classical Fallacies
When terms are unclear, get specific
When terms are contested, work from the clear cases
Don't expect definitions to do the work of arguments
Next Steps
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