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A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments, organized around specific rules, each illustrated and explained soundly but briefly. This widely popular primer—translated into eight languages—remains the first choice in all disciplines for writers who seek straightforward guidance about how to assess arguments and how to cogently construct them.
The fourth edition offers a revamped and more tightly focused approach to extended arguments, a new chapter on oral arguments, and updated examples and topics throughout.
"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
"This book is the best of its kind, and a real gift for students and teachers in the humanities. The style is lively and fun, the explanation lucid, and the examples useful and illustrative. The book is great for any teacher who wants to give students a self-consciousness about logic and argumentation. Students appreciate the impact of building their toolbox in this way. I highly value the book and will continue to recommend it to students and colleauges."
—Bob Morrissey, University of Tennessee
Comments on previous editions:
"Our honors program has adopted A Rulebook for Arguments as a supplement to all students' writing handbook as the best short guide that we have found for developing literary and philosophic arguments in class discussion and in essays. We originally integrated it into our junior rhetoric class, and students' response was, 'Why didn't we get this book as soon as we entered as freshmen?'"
—Louise Chawle, Whitney Young College, Kentucky State University
"This book is just the thing I wanted for my students: it goes into the basics of argumentation without being bogged down with examples and exercises (those are my job!). The book's positive tone and prescriptive mode are big strengths."
—Ezra Claverie, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Short and direct, orderly, organized, and inexpensive."
—Paul Hughes, Biola University
Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Elon University.