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A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett Student Handbooks) by [Weston, Anthony]
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This is the ultimate 'how-to' book for anyone who wants to use reasons and evidence in support of conclusions, to be clear instead of confusing, persuasive instead of dogmatic, and better at evaluating the arguments of others. No one outgrows its forty-five timeless rules, all explained and illustrated with vivid examples. The fourth edition, even more elegantly organized and concise than before, adds new material on oral presentations and Web sources that everyone needs. --Debra Nails, Michigan State University

I'm very pleased with the new edition of this book. I've been using "A Rulebook for Arguments" for several years now in my critical thinking course with great success . . . the chapters on generalizations (formerly arguments by examples), sources (arguments by authority), and arguments about causes have all improved substantially. Thanks for a great new edition! --David Morrow, Hunter College

An elegant, concise, and consistently useful little book that every student needs. --Rachel Hadas, Rutgers University

About the Author

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Elon University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 4 edition (10 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GEKKX4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not as funny as it thinks it is. Not as insightful as it thinks it is.

Ordered it by mistake but would have kept it if it was any good. The "laugh out loud" reviews worry me in that anyone could have found this prententious prose funny.

I ordered it along with another book on arguments in error. This book doesn't really give much insight into argument and logic.
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My class was recommended this book by my English Literature tutor at university to help use write our essays. It's a very slim volume and I found quite a few of its sections useful for helping me structure the arguments in my essays.
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This is an exhaustive look at the rules of argument. Made it feel at times almost like a computer language. Very good though.
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would buy again
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Ideal for those who really want ideas for discussion or debating rules. Well written an easy book to dip into or read throughout!
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This ought to be required reading before anyone is allowed to read the tabloids. It describes clearly what the mistakes are in arguing and how to plan your an argument calmly with out it turning into an "argument". This is helping me in some academic research that I am carrying out, and maybe useful for others in the similar situation if like me they are unused to arguing a point of view academically.
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I've had this book several months. Initially I skipped though it it's very concise, a quick read.

Now some 10 books later, I appreciate it hugely.

The last chapter concerns logical fallacies. It's this chapter that I constantly refer to. Often you can see the error, but you just need a name of it. This book short-cuts to the error.

1. If you're not studying for an exam, then the best book found so far is "Ask the right questions" 9th edition. If you can only afford 1 book, buy this one.
2. If you're studying for A Level then the OCR series on Critical Thinking Books 1 & 2 especially are excellent textbooks with exam hints of what will be particularly tested at A Level.
3. This book is superb for revisiting and finding the Latin names of all these logical fallacies. It's probably one that you'd use again and again, and appreciate more as time goes on.

It's small, A5 size, so tends to float around with me as it's so light and easy to carry.

So on reflection, after months of using this book, it's superb and a solid investment in Critical Thinking.
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Enjoyed this, It sits well beside the (rather better known) 'Straight and Crooked Thinking'. Aimed at students, and others, required to produce extensive polemics in the course of their work, and it is very useful in that context
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