Advocacy and Opposition: An Introduction to Argumentation / Edition 6

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Advocacy and Opposition: An Introduction to Argumentation, 6/e

Donald Jay Rybacki, Northern Michigan University
Karyn Charles Rybacki, Northern Michigan University

Advocacy and Opposition: An Introduction to Argumentation presents a comprehensive and practical approach to argumentation and critical thinking for the beginning student learning to construct and present arguments on questions of fact, value, and policy.

Advocacy and Opposition offers a theoretical insight into the nature of argument in our society, a discussion of arguing as a form of communication, and a focus on how arguments are created using the Toulmin model of argument. By blending traditional and contemporary views on the nature of argument (including multicultural perspectives on the purpose and process of argument, ethics, and values), Advocacy and Opposition makes students more aware of the development of theory and practice.


  • Presents separate discussions of the techniques and strategies of fact, value, and policy arguments to equip students with the writing and speaking tools they need to succeed in their college courses.
  • Includes an in-depth discussion of the different types of reasoning to enable students to critically examine the thinking behind arguments they make as well as those they read and hear.
  • Employs the Toulmin model of argument to explain how the parts of an argument fit together to help students construct their own arguments and think critically about the arguments of others (Chapter 5).

New to This Edition:

  • Phrasing propositions and defining terms section streamlines the process of phrasing and defining; includes a discussion of problems created by relying exclusively on standard dictionaries as well as the value of using specialized dictionaries (Chapter 3).
  • Reasoning techniques section includes new examples and discussion of reasoning from sign, parallel case, and analogy, to enhance student’s interest and understanding of the material (Chapter 7).
  • Fallacies in argumentation section features brand new examples and a revised discussion of the various types of fallacies (Chapter 8).
  • Learning Activities have been added to the end of each chapter.
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Explains the essentials of theory and practice of argumentation as used in competitive debate, but for students who are not engaged in formal debate. Discusses such aspects as the nature of argument in US society, ethical principles of arguing as a form of communication, how arguments are created using the Toulmin model, and fact and value. Also appends rules and formats for use in formal debate courses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205488780
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/27/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 What Is Argumentation? 1
Ch. 2 Where Do I Begin in Argumentation? 15
Ch. 3 What Am I Going to Argue About? 30
Ch. 4 How Do I Analyze Propositions? 50
Ch. 5 How Is a Unit of Argument Created? 67
Ch. 6 How Do I Prove My Argument? 83
Ch. 7 How Do I Reason with My Audience? 111
Ch. 8 What Should I Avoid? 132
Ch. 9 How Are Factual Propositions Argued? 155
Ch. 10 How Are Propositions of Value Argued? 171
Ch. 11 How Are Propositions of Policy Argued? 191
Ch. 12 How Do I Present My Arguments to an Audience 212
Appendix 235
References 244
Index 249
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