The Art Of Argument

The Art Of Argument


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738849447
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 06/05/2001
Pages: 108
Sales rank: 365,050
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1The Basics
Rule 1Argument Is a Craft19
Rule 2The Goal of Argument is To Persuade21
Rule 3The Simple Declarative Sentence Is Your Best Weapon22
Rule 4The More Complicated the Argument, The Simpler Your Presentation Should Be24
Rule 5Before You Write Or State Your Argument, You Must Be Sure What It is25
Rule 6Stream of Consciousness Has No Place in Your Argument26
Rule 7An Argument May be Legal, Factual, Or Both27
Rule 8Contentions Are the Building Blocks of an Argument28
Rule 9A Contention Is a Positive Statement That Can Be Made in One Sentence30
Rule 10Your Contentions Must Prove Your Major Claim31
Rule 11Arrange Your Contentions In Descending Order of Importance34
Rule 12A Contention Should Be The Topic Sentence of Every Paragraph36
Rule 13The Body of Each Paragraph Should Prove The Truth of Its Topic Sentence Contention37
Rule 14The Last Sentence of Each Paragraph Should Nail the Proof Into the Reader's Mind38
Rule 15The Last Stentence of Each Paragraph Should Lead Into the Next Topic Sentence Contention39
Part 2The Complex Argument
Rule 16The Point Is the Basic Organizing Tool Of Your Demand Letter43
Rule 17Set Up Your Points46
Rule 18The Intro Paragraph Sets the Stage48
Rule 19Your Legal Principles, If Any, Must Be Stated Before Your Facts50
Rule 20Be Objective in Stating Your Legal Basis51
Rule 21Give Clear Citations or Provide Copies of the Law52
Rule 22Avoid Block Ouotes53
Rule 23Translate Legalese Into Simple English54
Rule 24Conclude Your Law Paragraph With a Contention56
Rule 25Link the Facts to Your Major Claim57
Rule 26Legal References Should Be in Plain English60
Rule 27Avoid the Straw Man62
Rule 28Don't Address Every One of Your Opponent's Contentions64
Rule 29Attacking Your Opponent's Legal Principles65
Rule 30Attack Your Opponent's Facts66
Rule 31Avoid the Defensive68
Rule 32End Your Point With a Conclusion Paragraph69
Rule 33An Argument Is a Unified Entity70
Part 3Writing the Story of Your Claim
Rule 1Tell a Story73
Rule 2Be Accurate and Objective75
Rule 3Don't Argue or Characterize the Facts76
Rule 4Make a Chronology77
Rule 5Banish the Passive Voice78
Rule 6Rely on Bare Facts80
Rule 7Close the Gaps81
Rule 8Don't Run From Inconsistencies82
Rule 9Separate Real World Events From Dispute Events83
Rule 10Put Subheadings in Their Place85
Rule 11Dialogue Adds Realism86
Rule 12If You Have a Source, Cite It87
Rule 13Complex Facts Require Simple Narratives88
Rule 14Your Narrative Should Be Riveting But Reliable89
Conclusion: Think Like a Lawyer91
AppendixSample Letters93

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