Critical Inquiry: The Process of Argument

Critical Inquiry: The Process of Argument

by Michael Boylan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813344522

ISBN-13: 2900813344521

Pub. Date: 08/25/2009

Publisher: Westview Press

This informative book is a necessary companion for anyone seeking to uncover the secret of successful persuasion: to organize, construct, and communicate arguments. It is at once comprehensive and accessible, an authoritative guide to logical thinking and effective communication. First, the book defines the nature and uses of argument, explaining how to read

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This informative book is a necessary companion for anyone seeking to uncover the secret of successful persuasion: to organize, construct, and communicate arguments. It is at once comprehensive and accessible, an authoritative guide to logical thinking and effective communication. First, the book defines the nature and uses of argument, explaining how to read argument carefully. Such analysis then requires readers to reconstruct arguments in their own words. Finally, readers are taught how to create a critical, reasoned response, thus constructing their own argument. To increase its accessibility and expand its range of application, Critical Inquiry uses advertisements from print media in addition to traditional textual examples to illustrate its principles. Carefully selected reading questions and exercises throughout the book pace readers and ensure that the material is securely grasped and successfully applied.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900813344521
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Reading The Text

1 Confronting the Text 19

2 Critical Reading: Worldviews, Fallacies, and the Common Body of Knowledge 33

3 Confronting the Media 63

Part 2 Reconstructing the Text

4 Outlining Deductive Logical Argument 75

5 Outlining Inductive Argument 109

6 Confronting Media in Reconstruction 131

Part 3 Responding to the Text

7 Finding Out What You Believe 143

8 The Con Essay 159

9 The Pro Essay 167

Appendix: The Big Picture 175

Glossary 193

Index 203

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