Aims of Argument: A Brief Guide / Edition 7

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Overview

The Aims of Argument, a comprehensive text for teaching argument, recognizes that people argue with a range of purposes in mind: to inquire, to convince, to persuade, and to negotiate. It offers a clear, logical learning sequence rather than merely a collection of assignments: inquiry is the search for truth, what we call an earned opinion, which then becomes the basis of efforts to convince others to accept our earned opinions. Case-making, the essence of convincing, is then carried over into learning how to persuade, which, requires explicit attention to appeals to character, emotion, and style. Finally, the previous three aims all play roles in negotiation, which amounts to finding and defending positions capable of appealing to all sides in a dispute or controversy.

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Teaches students how to analyze both verbal and visual arguments and to argue more effectively, and covers different types of arguing to inquire, to convince, to persuade, and to negotiate. A chapter on researching arguments discusses library and online research, and evaluating and using sources. Includes appendices on editing and keeping a writer's notebook. This third edition contains a new chapter on visual rhetoric, requiring students to analyze advertisements, editorial cartoons, and news photographs. The authors are affiliated with Southern Methodist University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073383842
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 270,874
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note to Students
PART I. THE AIMS OF ARGUMENT
1. An Overview of Key Terms
What Is Argument?
* How Should We Approach Argument?
What Are the Aims of Argument?
Arguing to Inquire
Arguing to Convince
Arguing to Persuade
Arguing to Negotiate
The Aims of Argument: A Summary
What Is Rhetoric?
2. Reading an Argument
Before You Read
Recalling Prior Knowledge
Considering the Rhetorical Context
As You Read
The First Reading
ANNA QUINDLEN, “Making the Mosaic”
The Second Reading
The Third Reading
After You Read
3. Analyzing an Argument: A Simplified Toulmin Method
A Preliminary Critical Reading
WILLIAM F. MAY, “Rising to the Occasion of Our Death”
A Step-by-Step Demonstration of the Toulmin Method
Analyzing the Claim
Analyzing the Reasons
Analyzing the Evidence
Noting Refutations
Summarizing Your Analysis
Student Sample: An Argument for Analysis: AMBER YOUNG, “Capital Punishment: Society's Self-Defense”
4. Preparing to Write: Arguing to Inquire
The Importance of Inquiry
(and more...)
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