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The Craft of Argument: Concise a clear and brief argument rhetoric written by the authors of such successful composition titles as Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (AWL) and The Craft of Research (Chicago UP), and based on the highly acclaimed The Craft of Argument, Second Edition.
Presenting a revised version of the Toulmin model, The Craft of Argument, Concise offers what reviewers have called one of the most accessible and teachable presentations of Toulmin available. Focusing on problem finding and problem solving as the heart of planning, drafting, and revising written arguments, the first 11 chapters explain the nature of argument, how to develop your argument, and how to think about argument, using the revised Toulmin model. Chapters 12 and 13 discuss the language of argument, including a discussion on some of the basic elements of style.
Topical Contents of the Writing Process Sections.
Preface for Teachers.
A Message to Students.
How to Use This Book.
I. THE NATURE OF ARGUMENT.
1. Argument and Rationality.
2. Argument as Civil Conversation.
3. Motivating Your Argument.
II. DEVELOPING YOUR ARGUMENT.
4. Articulating Claims.
5. Reasons and Evidence.
6. Reporting Evidence.
7. Warranting Claims and Reasons.
8. Acknowledgments and Responses.
A Checklist for Planning and Revising.
III. THINKING ABOUT THINKING IN ARGUMENTS.
9. The Forms of Reasoning.
10. Arguments About Meanings.
11. Arguments About Causes.
IV. THE LANGUAGES OF ARGUMENT.
12. Clear Language.
13. The Overt and Covert Force of Language.
Appendix 1. Fallacies.
Appendix 2. A Quick Guide to Citations.