- Series: Hackett Student Handbooks
- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Pub Co; Fourth Edition,4 edition (November 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872209547
- ISBN-13: 978-0872209541
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 204 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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</div>
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</div>
An elegant, concise, and consistently useful little book that every student needs. --Rachel Hadas, Rutgers University</div>
About the Author
Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Elon University.</div>
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I'll give you one example: many books discuss the "non sequitur" fallacy and give an example where the "non sequitur" is wildly off point. Weston uses a much more realistic and useful example where the non sequitur is quite subtle because it has lots of facts about the topic -- but does NOT speak to the point it pretends to support.
If you want to learn more about this subject -- or ANY subject -- you should read other books, too. But with this book alone, if you refer to it as you write, you, as a student or an adult, can learn to think more clearly and to write more clearly.
I ordered a copy for each of my children. It's a book they'll use in middle school, high school and college.
The book is quite short, but the value of the information this book provides more than makes up for the size considering the quality of information.
For those seeking a practical rulebook on the applications of logic, argumentation, fallacies and more, this book gives an easy to follow but robust approach.
Given the breath of the information, page for page, this book is a high-value item, especially considering it also offers a synopsis on some of the more common fallacies employed by people.
Some additional of the elements discussed in the book are generalizations, sources, deductive arguments, oral arguments, argumentative essays, arguments by analogy, and more.
The other benefit is that this book can be read by people of all ages, and it will aid them immensely. From adults, to young children, this book would fine-tune anyone’s repertoire.
To finalize, as a book to keep in hand to quickly reference this book will be crucial given the latitude that it offers individuals willing to apply its rules.
Great book that breaks down how to properly present arguments. Everyone who desires to think for themselves should read this book, and it should be mandatory reading for all high school students. The only improvement to this book is the list of logical fallacies. Although it mentions most the formal fallacies, it misses some, such as “Provincialism.”