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By Anthony Weston

ISBN-10: 0872209547

ISBN-13: 9780872209541

A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct creation to the paintings of writing and assessing arguments, prepared round particular principles, each one illustrated and defined soundly yet in brief. This largely renowned primer - translated into 8 languages - continues to be the 1st selection in all disciplines for writers who search effortless counsel approximately the right way to check arguments and the way to cogently build them.

The fourth version deals a remodeled and extra tightly concentrated method of prolonged arguments, a brand new bankruptcy on oral arguments, and up-to-date examples and themes all through.

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Instructors too, I have found, often wish to assign such a rulebook, a treatment that students can consult and understand on their own and that therefore does not claim too much class time. Here again, it is important to be brief—the point is to help students get on with their actual arguments—but the rules must be stated with enough substance that an instructor can simply refer a student to Rule 6 or Rule 16 rather than give an entire explanation each time it is needed. Brief but self-sufficient—that is the fine line I have tried to follow.

Analogies require relevantly similar examples IV. Sources 13. Cite your sources 14. Seek informed sources 15. Seek impartial sources 16. Cross-check sources 17. Use the Web with care V. Arguments about Causes 18. Causal arguments start with correlations 19. Correlations may have alternative explanations 20. Work toward the most likely explanation 21. Expect complexity VI. Deductive Arguments 22. Modus ponens 23. Modus tollens 24. Hypothetical syllogism 25. Disjunctive syllogism 26. Dilemma 27. Reductio ad absurdum 28.

What could be better than that? Outline of this book This book begins by discussing fairly simple arguments and moves to extended arguments and their use in essays and oral presentations at the end. Chapters I–VI are about composing and assessing short arguments. Short arguments simply offer their reasons and evidence briefly, usually in a few sentences or a paragraph. We begin with short arguments for several reasons. First, they are common: in fact so common that they are part of every day’s conversation.

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