Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument

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Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing is a compact but complete guide to critical thinking and argumentation. Comprising the text portion of the widely adopted Current Issues and Enduring Questions, it draws on the authors’ dual expertise in effective persuasive writing and comprehensive rhetorical strategies to help students move from critical thinking to argumentative and researched writing. With comprehensive coverage of classic and contemporary approaches to argument, including Aristotle, Toulmin, and a range of alternative views, as well as 35 readings and a casebook on the state and the individual, it is an extraordinarily versatile text. This affordable guide can stand alone or supplement a larger anthology of readings.

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SYLVAN BARNET, professor of English and former director of writing at Tufts University, is the most prolific and consistently successful college English textbook author of the past 30 years. His several texts on writing and his numerous anthologies for introductory composition and literature courses have remained leaders in their field through many editions.

HUGO BEDAU, professor of philosophy at Tufts University, has served as chair of the philosophy department and chair of the university's committee on College Writing. An internationally respected expert on the death penalty, and on moral, legal, and political philosophy, he has written or edited a number of books on these topics. He is the author of Thinking and Writing about Philosophy, Second Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002).

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"This is a relatively small text that manages to cover more than enough material in enough depth to provide students with a solid grounding in argument." - Joanne Addison, University of Colorado

"Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing provides outstanding instruction in analyzing and evaluating evidence in arguments. Once students realize how to identify various types of evidence and the key strategies to analyze and evaluate each type, they write with improved acuity and depth." - John Regan, Boston University, College of General Studies

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