Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation

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This book is a book about how individuals decide that arguments (or excuses) are valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak, ethical or unethical, with many examples and applications.
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Overview

This book is a book about how individuals decide that arguments (or excuses) are valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak, ethical or unethical, with many examples and applications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791423646
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Series: SUNY Series in Speech Communication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART 1. EPISTEMOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ARGUMENT EVALUATION

1. Evaluate Criteria for Conspiracy Arguments: The Case of KAL 007
Marilyn J. Young and Michael K. Launer

2. Narrative Reframing of Public Argument: George Bush's Handling of the Persian Gulf Conflict
Carol K. Winkler

3. The Failure of Argument in Decisions Leading to the "Challenger Disaster": A Two-Level Analysis
Dennis S. Gouran

PART 2. AXIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ARGUMENT EVALUATION

4. Aligning Ethicality and Effectiveness in Arguments: Advocating Inclusiveness Percentages for the New Lutheran Church
Kathryn M. Olson

5. An Ethical Appraisal of Ronald Reagan's Justification for the Invasion of Grenada
Ralph E. Dowling and Gabrielle A. Ginder

6. "I Respectfully Dissent": The Ethics of Dissent in Justice O'Connor's Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. FCC Opinion
Jeffrey L. Courtright

PART 3. IDEOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ARGUMENT EVALUATION

7. Ideology and Argument Evaluation: Competing Axiologies in the Sanctuary Trial
Kathryn M. Olson and Clark D. Olson

8. Arguing about Fetal "versus" Women's Rights: An Ideological Evaluation
Mary Keehner

9. Public Policy Argumentation and Colonialist Ideology in the Post-Cold War Era
Rebecca S. Bjork

PART 4. ALTERNATIVE EVALUATIONS OF THE FINAL REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S COMMISSION ON PORNOGRAPHY

10. Examining an Argument by Cause: The Weak Link Between Pornography and Violence in the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography Final Report
Ian Fielding

11. Survivor Testimony in the Pornography Controversy: Assessing Credibility in the Minneapolis Hearings and the Attorney General's Report
Catherine Helen Palczewski

12. Constituting Publics and Reconstructing Public Spheres: The Meese Commission's Report on Pornography
Gerard A. Hauser

About the Contributors

Notes

Name Index

Subject Index

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