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A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett Student Handbooks) Paperback – November 14, 2008
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This is the ultimate 'how-to' book for anyone who wants to use reasons and evidence in support of conclusions, to be clear instead of confusing, persuasive instead of dogmatic, and better at evaluating the arguments of others. No one outgrows its forty-five timeless rules, all explained and illustrated with vivid examples. The fourth edition, even more elegantly organized and concise than before, adds new material on oral presentations and Web sources that everyone needs. --Debra Nails, Michigan State University
I'm very pleased with the new edition of this book. I've been using A Rulebook for Arguments for several years now in my critical thinking course with great success . . . the chapters on generalizations (formerly arguments by examples), sources (arguments by authority), and arguments about causes have all improved substantially. Thanks for a great new edition! --David Morrow, Hunter College
An elegant, concise, and consistently useful little book that every student needs. --Rachel Hadas, Rutgers University
About the Author
Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Elon University.
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The content of the book is wonderful, and I think the extra chapter on oral argumentation is a welcome addition. I also think that the price is great. All my Ph.D. students have been happy to have a copy and enjoy working with it.
One downside of this particular edition: there are numbers for each argument rule, but the design of these is horrible: they are placed on top of the regular text as a light gray, overlapping the heading and some of the body text. This is distracting and annoying. Not sure who gave this design a green light, but I see this as a problem that I hope is remedied in the next edition (or even the next printing of this edition!).
Overall, a great book with one design flaw that shouldn't stop anyone from spending a little for a lot of book.
Not only does the author give positive rules for arguing, but he also lists about two dozen "Common Fallacies" in a glossary format at the end of the book.
The rulebook is written in an easy to read, and easy to reference layout. While you would definitely read it from front to back the first time, it has been specifically designed so that an engaged beginner can easily refer back to this rulebook when constructing arguments.
While it is clearly focused at the beginner, an intermediate `debater' will certainly glean some helpful hints from it.
Because it is only a concise rulebook, it doesn't do into detailed arguing techniques at all. So if you are interested in more advanced arguing methods, then you should definitely look elsewhere.
Overall this is a superb text for what it was designer for; A Rulebook for Beginners.
Four and a half stars
The book is written in short chapters that give examples of properly framing an argument or position. Although written primarily for an academic setting (term papers, dissertations, etc.) it has tremendous cross occupational applications. The book is written to the layman and clearly defines academic terminology commonly used in academia. It is short enough to be read in a couple of hours and arranged in a easy to follow format with each chapter building upon the previous. The chapter on fallacious arguments is superb in that it allows the user to avoid common pitfalls that could potentially overturn the most well reasoned arugument.
Ironically, the only downside to the book comes from what makes it so great, it's conciseness. A book of this type cannot possibly be expected to contain every detail and minutia of argumentation. There have been times, when I've been left needing more. But for everyday reference this is the best book on the subject I've found yet. It's small enough to not take up too much space in my small office, yet good enough to help me in developing my argument.
As a centerpiece of what separates humans from animals, the ability to reason represents a critical element in all human endeavors. Illogical reasoning is regrettably everywhere we look; advertisements, politics, religion, business, and even ordinary personal justifications. As a result, improving the ability to reason properly is of vital importance to the individual intellect.
Weston presents a concise overview of the critical aspects of logical reasoning. The subjects covered are designed to strengthen argumentative writing, help avoid common fallacies, and promote the organization of sound conclusions that hold up under any level of scrutiny.
The knowledge base of logic and formation of arguments presented in this book represents a path to improved reasoning abilities and therefore should be essential reading. As an added benefit, the book is brief and the writing is coherent from start to finish, making it an effortless read and one I highly recommend to all.
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A Rulebook For Arguments by Anthony Weston is a veritable entry-level book for those seeking information on how to employ critical thinking. Read morePublished 4 days ago by ZyPhReX
Very informative and useful book. It's easy to follow and understand. I think it's beneficial to anyone who wants to have a head start in writing an argument, understanding one, or... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Faraworld
The sample is useless ... it only has the table of contents.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
The title says it all, a really short, and great, book on creating good arguments, with solid reasoning and avoiding fallacies. Read morePublished 21 days ago by dmr
Definitely clears up some more of the "common sense" fallacies people make every day. It's an academic book that reads quite casually. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found all the info I needed for my philosophy class right here! As well for a great price!Published 1 month ago by Kearston Price
I have read this book and in spite of it being a very short book, I think it is a very practical book about basics of Logic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lord what a boring book.... Only got it for a class but it's torture.Published 2 months ago by Jose