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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>
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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.
"good things come in small packages" and this fills the bill.
I am sorely tempted to purchase the related full length text. A great little desk side research argument companion.
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.”