Books , Reviews 4 Stars , Anthony Weston , arguments , badly behaving authors , Non-Fiction , persuasive writing , read in , reference Ames Rating: 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. Feedback improves your logic too. 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. Brazilian waxes.
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Weighing in at only 85 pages, the content is simple and clear, but by no means lightweight. This is a gem of a book for critical thinking, argumentation, and logical communication — suitable for an introductory text as well as a guidebook for the advanced. There are ten brief chapters in the book. Chapters 1—6 deal with various types of arguments arguments by example, by analogy, from authority, about causes, and deductive arguments.
Chapters 7—9 give instruction on composing and argumentative essay. This content gives the reader a game plan for writing effectively, clearly, and persuasively. Finally, chapter 10 deals with the most common logical fallacies, offering a brief explanation of each.
There are a number of good points the reader will take away from this book. First, the book shows the reader how to use language properly by avoiding common errors and encouraging clarity. Second, it presents the correct ways to use various forms of arguments. Third, it gives a nice introduction to deductive arguments without heavy terminology. A good number of logical fallacies are covered but not over-emphasized. Finally, the authors offer great insights into writing effectively.
In short, A Rulebook for Arguments is highly recommended as a concise guide to logical and effective communication. Apologetics is a non-profit ministry. You can support our work here.
A Rulebook for Arguments