How to Argue: Powerfully, Persuasively, Positively Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132980937
ISBN-10: 0132980932
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The ability to persuade, influence, and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life. However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it’s done really badly--or not at all. Yet it’s possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have.

Imagine being able to face any argument free of the fear, confusion, and intimidation that your opponent is probably experiencing. Imagine knowing that, win or lose, your argument has been made convincingly, confidently, and without losing your temper.

In How to Argue you’ll learn all the golden rules of successful arguing and explore many of the situations in life and work where arguments are most likely to happen.

Discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively, and positively, and you’ll have a head start every time you want to
  • Get your point across effectively
  • Persuade other people to your way of thinking
  • Keep your cool in a heated situation
  • Win people over
  • Get what you want
  • Tackle a difficult person or topic
  • Be convincing and articulate
  • Have great confidence when you speak

About the Author

Jonathan Herring understands the components of a good argument. He is a lawyer and eminent legal academic (at Exeter College of Oxford) and has written over twenty books, including best-selling textbooks on criminal law, family law, and medical law and ethics.

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  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
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  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2012
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  • Language: English
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I've been teaching college argumentation for over twenty years, so with great interest I read How to Argue by Jonathan Herring. The book is divided into two parts, Part 1. The Ten Golden Rules of Argument (Be Prepared, When to Argue, when to walk away; What you say and how you say it; Listen and listen again; Excel at responding to arguments; Watch out for crafty tricks; Develop the skills for arguing in public; Be able to argue in writing; Be great at resolving deadlock; Maintain relationships) and Part 2. Situations where arguments commonly arise.

The format of the book is curious. I can't tell if it's written for the general reader, the high school student, the college freshman, or all of the above. With medium font print and large font headings (Be prepared, What do you want? Framing an Argument, Facts, etc. )and subheadings, the format reminds me of a self-help book. As a result, How to Argue seems more like a dumbed-down primer, perhaps a form of "Arguing for Dummies."

Some people may enjoy this format. I do not. The material seems outdated and remedial. This book has a stale quality about it, like an old textbook you might find written in the 1960s or 1970s. There are no current examples or study of contemporary essays.

However, the book has its virtues. It's easy to read, has clear examples, and makes the beginner feel comfortable in a potentially overwhelming topic: argumentation. It's also based on a very sound, moral premise, as stated in the introduction: We argue, not to "win," but to further our understanding.

Just don't expect this book to be full of nuance and rhetorical complexity. It's for the remedial student of argumentation.

Final Thoughts

My initial score was 3 stars, but I thought that was unfair since I expected a more advanced treatment of argumentation when in fact the author's intent seems very well to address a beginning audience, so 4 stars seems more appropriate.
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I used to teach argumentation theory in my freshman comp classes, and I could see the curtains lowering behind my students' eyes. I thought, all this about coalescent design, Toulmin models, and case construction is so interesting to me, surely my students must share my excitement! Only when I saw them putting my lectures into play did I realize that advanced theory mattered little to anyone not ready for the brass tacks of legitimate argument.

Jonathan Herring, prolific British law professor and ethicist, steps into that gap with a good, brief, spirited introduction to the process of testing ideas through argument. His guide does not provide clues on how to win a quarrel or best somebody in a brannigan. Rather, he demonstrates the best way to speak well, pitch your premise, bolster it in a persuasive manner, and defend it against routine attacks. I wish I'd had this book in my teaching days.

Herring's guide has many advantages. First, it's slim. Readers could slip this book in a briefcase, purse, or outside pocket of a backpack for easy consultation. This jibes with its straightforward organization, so readers can find what they need. Herring divides his book into two parts: ten "golden rules" of productive argumentation, and ten situation-specific approaches to customizing argument. Together, they form a good introduction to primarily verbal debate.

To begin, Herring asks readers to know whether they really want to have the argument at hand. Are you prepared, in command of the facts? Is this the right venue to have this argument? Will this argument do more harm than good for the relationship? Is this argument even worth having?
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First of all I am one of those people who does not relish confrontations. However, a confrontation is sometimes necessary to progress for one and all involved.Even though I understand this it has never been easy for me to approach situations, because I did not want people to feel I was attacking them in a personal way. As a manager of 8 employess , I of course face situations from time to time. This book has helped me learn how to approach needed changes in a positve way so that I do not come across as the big bad boss. Suggestions on how to change how I think about the situations,have helped me face more areas that needed change or tweaking with a positive for all involved attitude instead of fear of being misunderstood. My employees have responded more favorably, and love the fact that they feel included and part of the decisions. I love happy employees!

Of course there is always at least on person that loves to argue and push your buttons just because they love the win of beating you at an argument. I might add these arguments usually have no point other than boosting the ego of the person who just needs to feel superior because they won. Well, here is where "How to Argue" really took some stress out of my life. It teaches technique on how to deal with this kind of person as well. It is less fun to push buttons if the arguement it lost, proved to be wrong, or proven to be pointless.

This book could be made into a class course for college first year, and would benifit all groups of people, we all have to deal with these type of unpleasant issues.
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