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The Practice of Argumentation
Effective Reasoning in Communication

  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107681439

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  • This book uses different perspectives on argumentation to show how we create arguments, test them, attack and defend them, and deploy them effectively to justify beliefs and influence others. David Zarefsky uses a range of contemporary examples to show how arguments work and how they can be put together, beginning with simple individual arguments, and proceeding to the construction and analysis of complex cases incorporating different structures. Special attention is given to evaluating evidence and reasoning, the building blocks of argumentation. Zarefsky provides clear guidelines and tests for different kinds of arguments, as well as exercises that show student readers how to apply theories to arguments in everyday and public life. His comprehensive and integrated approach toward argumentation theory and practice will help readers to become more adept at critically examining everyday arguments as well as constructing arguments that will convince others.

    • Integrates logical, dialectical, and rhetorical perspectives on argumentation
    • Makes argumentation concepts accessible to beginners, but without oversimplifying the theory
    • Provides clear guidelines and tests for different kinds of arguments, helping readers become better analysts of argumentation
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107681439
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 25 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The argumentative perspective
    2. What arguments look like
    3. The emergence of controversy
    4. Evidence in argumentation
    5. Argument schemes
    6. Fallacies
    7. Case construction
    8. Attack and defense
    9. Language, style, and presentation
    10. Where and why we argue
    Appendix: learning argumentation through debate.

  • Author

    David Zarefsky, Northwestern University, Illinois
    David Zarefsky is Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois, where he has taught for over forty years. Two of his many books won the Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, an award of the National Communication Association: President Johnson's War on Poverty: Rhetoric and History (1986) and Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate (1990).

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