This book is a brief introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments. It sticks to the bare essentials. I have found that students and writers often need just such a list of reminders and rules, not lengthy introductory explanations. It is not a textbook but a rule book. Instructors too, I have found, often wish to assign such a rulebook, a treatment that students can consult and understand on their own and that therefore does not intrude on classtime.
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A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston. Updated examples, streamlined text, and the chapter on definition reworked in a rule-based format strengthen this already strong volume.
Readers familiar with the previous edition will find a text that retains all the features that make Rulebook ideally suited for use as a supplementary course book -- including its modest price and compact size. Unlike most textbooks on ar Updated examples, streamlined text, and the chapter on definition reworked in a rule-based format strengthen this already strong volume. Unlike most textbooks on argumentative writing, Rulebook is organised around specific rules, illustrated and explained soundly and briefly.
It is not a textbook, but a rulebook, whose goal is to help students get on with writing a paper or assessing an argument. Get A Copy. Paperback , Third edition , 87 pages. Published January 1st by Hackett Publishing Company first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about A Rulebook for Arguments , please sign up. See 1 question about A Rulebook for Arguments…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Rulebook for Arguments. If you want to be good at arguing, this book is for you. I read it all in one go, and that's a bit counter-productive, seeing as you won't be able to remember all of it unless you're crazy smart, in which case, you probably don't need this book.
But it is definitely useful, and works very well as a, well, rulebook for arguments. Yeah, it's a well chosen title. Jan 06, G. Branden rated it really liked it. Not this title--at fewer than pages it selects concision as a goal. I suspect Weston's book would be a great title for students needing an introduction to the subject--as well as for the experienced reader who vaguely remembers what modus ponens , modus tollens , and "affirming the consequent" are but needs a refresher for his or her aging brain, it's a lean and pithy reference.
The downside for that function is that there is no index. A Rulebook for Arguments invites comparison to Strunk and White's Elements of Style ; the author recommends keeping his own title next to the latter on the shelf. I'm not in a position to argue Anthony Weston encourages the use of representative examples and counterexamples, warns of the hazards of statistics like I recently have , imparts the importance of impartial and reliable sources, explains the correlational relationship between cause and effect, presents deductive reasoning in the words of Sherlock Holmes, preaches the value of librarians, and can teach a thing or two to Badly Behaving Authors.
Criticisms and suggestions, as always, are welcome. It is through others' eyes that you can see best where you are unclear or hasty of just plain implausible. Feedback improves your logic too.
Objections may come up that you hadn't expected. Premises you thought were secure may turn out to need defending, while other premises may turn out to be more secure than they seemed.
You may even pick up a dew new facts or examples. Feedback is a "reality check" all the way around --welcome it. The sob stories 'appealing to pity as an argument for special treatment. Brazilian waxes. Bias is explicitly mentioned once, during the introduction of section IV on Sources. I've tried to find a book that does include them and this was, in the end, the most likely candidate to cover this topic, so I'm a tad disappointed.
A Rulebook for Arguments really is what it says, a short and concise, but easy to understand, list of rules on how to construct a solid argument. View 2 comments. Apr 01, Ahmad Hossam rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy-logic , favourites. Dec 24, Tamara rated it it was amazing Shelves: for-school , non-fiction. Great way to learn how to win an argument. Rules include: present your ideas in a natural order; use definitive, specific, concrete language; provide background information; avoid personal attacks.
Favorite section is the one on fallacies. Fallacies include: ad hominem - attacking the person of a source rather than his or her qualifications or reliability ad ignorantiam - arguing that a claim is true just because it has not been shown to be false ad misericordiam - appealing to pity as an argument Great way to learn how to win an argument. Fallacies include: ad hominem - attacking the person of a source rather than his or her qualifications or reliability ad ignorantiam - arguing that a claim is true just because it has not been shown to be false ad misericordiam - appealing to pity as an argument for special treatment ad populum - appealing to the emotion of a crowd i.
Everybody's doing it. Jul 18, Hardik Pandey rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy. This is one of those books which teaches you a lot. You should not read it in one go, rather read it as slowly as you can and try to understand what it's saying because it carries very interesting points. Framing of arguments and recognizing fallacies, both are explained very well in the book.
It's a very readable book so difficulty in understanding of any point would not occur as it occurs in many books that are related to critical thinking.
The flow explained to make an argument or to write a This is one of those books which teaches you a lot. The flow explained to make an argument or to write an argumentative essay is extremely useful as it reminded me of - several video essays, analytical essays of a text or a movie, etc.
This is one of those important books which should be read by most of the people so that as a society we can learn to communicate and analyze things more effectively. Feb 11, Jeff Short rated it really liked it Shelves: writing. Argument here does not refer to the equivalent of a verbal fistfight.
Rather, argument refers to reasoning and rhetoric. It is generally persuasive in style, or at least should be, and should reasonably follow standards of logic or critical thinking. Argument is defining, expounding, and defending a proposition or premise. It may also be the reverse if it is aimed at deconstructing an erroneous conclusion. Therefore, argument is of extreme importance to preachers. For that matter, every Christian is to conscientiously defend and contend for the faith and should be concerned about good argument evaluation and construction.
This is a rulebook as the title suggests, but it is concise and readable. The book should be read through one time and then referred to often when analyzing or building arguments.
Its brevity is one aspect of its value. You can refer to a section and quickly refresh your memory about some concept. The author does also give some sources for larger works if the reader is interested. Sep 23, Mehran Jalali rated it it was ok Shelves: reading-for-self-improvement , logic.
A very short book, full of obvious statements. A few interesting points here and there, but nothing that the average person couldn't arrive at with a few seconds' thinking. By stating that the book is obvious, I'm not just saying that it didn't have anything that I couldn't have concluded -- I'm saying that it had nothing that I hadn't concluded.
I don't think any average person does not already intuitively abide by the logic put forth in the book. The best part was probably the voucher example use A very short book, full of obvious statements. The best part was probably the voucher example used.
Mar 25, Lianna rated it really liked it. Reductio ad absurdum! Seriously, a must read for everyone.
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This is just stuff in the book that I found personally valuable or interesting at the time of reading. What is your conclusion? Remember that the conclusion is the statement for which you are giving reasons. The statements that give your reasons are your premises.