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This review is from: Rulebook for Arguments (Paperback)
Very interesting book, covers the basics of argumentation. I feel that it is more directed to students in general rather than people wanting to learn more on how to provide strong arguments. On the whole very insightful.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2011 19:48:36 BDT
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James Taylor says:
Fair review!This little book offers good value for money and contains some great material. However, I would like to flag up that emphasis is on critical thinking strategies, and some very useful argument tactics which are used in a verbal exchange are not included. For these extra snippets I highly recommend you also buy How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic which includes numerous other ideas more relevant to everyday exchanges. Example: my daughter often uses 'argumentum ad nauseam' to great effect, and I might persuade her with 'every schoolboy knows'. She might then respond with some 'definitional retreat', then might attempt to 'blind with science'. I'd recommend buying both books as they approach the subject from different angles.
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