Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric With Readings

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Key Benefit: The market leader in argumentative rhetorics, Writing Arguments has proven highly successful in teaching individuals to read arguments critically and to produce effective arguments of their own. Key Topics: In its reader–friendly tone, clear explanations, high–interest readings and examples, and well–sequenced critical thinking and writing assignments, Writing Arguments offers a time–tested approach to argument that is interesting and accessible to students and eminently teachable for instructors. Throughout the book, the authors approach argument rhetorically by emphasizing audience and context at every stage of the construction of an argument. Writing Arguments moves readers beyond a simplistic debate model of argument to a view of argument as inquiry and consensus–building as well as persuasion, in which the arguer negotiates with others in search of the best solutions to problems. Key Market: Individuals interested in developing their argumentative writing skills.

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Argument is a part of our daily lives. Whether we use or are confronted by it through the written or the spoken word, we rely on and encounter it often. Yet what exactly constitutes an effective argument? How do we construct one? And how are we able to recognize an ineffective argument? These topics, and many more, are the focus of this book on writing arguments. This book presents four approaches to argument: the enthymeme, Toulmin's system of analyzing arguments, stasis theory on categories of claims, and the three classical appeals of logos, pathos and ethos. With a strong focus on the argument as a social act, the book treats the argument as a means of clarification, truth-seeking and persuasion, thereby highlighting the power of debate and dialectic. Writers, teachers, debaters, lawyers, and others using argument.

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