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Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning David Zarefsky Teaching Company Great Courses Audio CD – January 1, 2001


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  • Audio CD
  • ISBN-10: 0251405826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0251405823
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this excellent Teaching Company course!
Eduward du Bois
A lot has been written here already on this product so I will keep this one very brief.
Hoke
I find this course a very good source to learn effective reasoning in a short time.
Averroes

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hoke on January 21, 2007
A lot has been written here already on this product so I will keep this one very brief. In 24 lectures the Professor lays out the rules for proper argumentation and in which circumstances it should be applied. I was very impressed right from the start and learned a lot as I went. I am frequently caught in economic debates (they would call them political) with my friends. With the help of this I was able to streamline my arguments and better go after theirs. While nothing was ever resolved it did allow me to approach these discussions with a lot more confidence. I think for the average listener these lectures will help them learn how to actually debate properly rather than argue endlessly with one another.

As for the part about essays in my title I did use what I learned here to structure the analytical portion of my GRE. When the topics popped up on the screen I was able to quickly outline my arguments and then write about them. I ended up getting a 5 and know that I would have done much worse had I not listened to these courses.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eduward du Bois on November 3, 2005
With these 24 Teaching Company lectures, by Professor Zarefsky, you get an excellent introduction on reasoning and critical thinking. As it is an introduction, you do not need prior knowledge on argumentation, rhetoric, math or logic. But that does not mean there is no depth. Zarefsky lectures in an easy to understand and engaging presentation style; after all he is a professor in rhetoric.

The contents of the 24 lecures:

1. Introducing Argumentation and Rhetoric

2. History of Argumentation Studies

3. Formal and Informal Argument

4. The Emergence of Controversy

5. Resolutions and Issues

6. Stasis-The Focal Point of Dispute

7. Presumption and Burden of Proof

8. Argument Analysis and Diagramming

9. Claims and Evidence

10. Reasoning from Parts to Whole

11. Moving from Cause to Effect

12. Establishing Correlations

13. Analogy, Narrative, and Form

14. What Makes a Sound Argument?

15. Fallacies in Reasoning

16. Validity and Fallacies Reconsidered

17. Assembling a Case

18. Attack and Defense I

19. Attack and Defense II

20. Language and Style in Argumentation

21. Arguments between Friends

22. Arguments among Experts

23. Public Argument and Democratic Life

24. The Ends of Argumentation

As one can see, Professor Zarefsky covers quite some ground in this lecture serie. But he never gets dull or dense, he make complicated concepts seem easy and transparent. Thus after this course you will have a much better understanding about how to reason correctly and to think critical about thinks. I highly recommend this excellent Teaching Company course!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Averroes on June 2, 2006
I find this course a very good source to learn effective reasoning in a short time. I enjoyed the examples that Dr. Zarefsky provided throughout 24 lectures. The course is about 12 hours total and aims to teach the bases of effective reasoning. Dr. Zarefsky is really a talented speaker; you will not sleep during listening to his lectures! Highly recommended for everybody interested to learn critical thinking, argumentation, the art of using the language effectively and persuaively(rhetoric) and the logic roots of the probability theory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Prometheus Lass on November 4, 2009
I became interested in argument structure when an English Professor for a GS course introduced us to the famous Toulmin structure, so when my boyfriend ordered this set of lectures by Professor Zarefsky from the Teaching Company to aid in teaching his first 101 course, I was quite interested.

These lectures will reward any level of participation by its viewers. Whether you choose just to watch the DVD's, or whether you choose to take notes on a computer or notebook and review them later, you can learn much about the practice of argumentation, argument organization, informal verses formal argumentation, common fallacies, and even more surprising to me, that fallacies aren't always actually wrong.

Even a casual viewing of these lectures will provide you with a greater understanding of how to argue, why we should argue, and even more important, how in fair argumentation all parties win, even the so-called loser of the argument, because positions are clarified, agreements can be reached, and greater understanding of the argued topic prevails.

These lectures also reward those who take careful notes, study and review, and generally treat this as if they were taking this course as a class, with a grade. From the teaching company, you can order a book that accompanies the DVD's, that contain Lecture outlines, to aid those in closer study.

Anybody who is interested in refining their informal reasoning processes, argumentation style and tactics, and learning to participate more fully in arguments among friends on any subject, whether religion, politics, economics, the nature of the universe or even the Pooh Perplex will be well rewarded for their efforts.
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