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  1. A Rulebook for Arguments (Fifth Edition)

    Anthony Weston

    A Rulebook for Arguments (Fifth Edition)

    "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." —Debra Nails, Michigan State University

    From academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before. This timely fifth edition of A Rulebook for Arguments sharpens an already-classic text, adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general.

  2. A Rulebook for Decision Making

    George Pullman

    A Rulebook for Decision Making

    "Pullman offers his readers essential insights into how humans reason and make decisions. Both concise and far-reaching, his work teaches us how to challenge intuitive logic and examine the processes for deliberative reasoning. This text will prove foundational for students in their intellectual journey toward the development of real skills in critical thinking. By pointing to simple yet profound examples, Pullman's text is both readable and provocative as it challenges us to consider the very mechanisms by which we understand our own cognitive biases."
         —Bradley A. Hammer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  3. A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking (Second Edition)

    David R. Morrow & Anthony Weston

    A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking (Second Edition)

    A Workbook for Arguments builds on Anthony Weston's A Rulebook for Arguments to provide a complete textbook for a course in critical thinking or informal logic. The second edition adds: updated and improved homework exercises—nearly one third are new—to ensure that the examples continue to resonate with students, increased coverage of scientific reasoning, demonstrating how scientific reasoning dovetails with critical thinking more generally, and two new activities in which students analyze arguments in their original form, as provided in brief selections from the original texts. Companion website for Workbook for Arguments.

  4. English in Blue & White

    Chris Giles and John Powell

    English in Blue & White

    Designed for middle school courses in English teaching a balance between grammar, composition and literature. Course Instructors: An electronic answer key (PDF only) is available for qualified instructors who have adopted this text for course use. Click here to request the PDF answer key.

  5. Gorgias (Zeyl Edition)

    Translated by Donald J. Zeyl

    Gorgias (Zeyl Edition)

    “This is an excellent translation. It achieves a very high standard of accuracy and readability, two goals very difficult to attain in combination when it comes to such a master of prose and philosophical argument as Plato. Because of this the book is suitable for courses at all levels in philosophy, from introductory courses on Plato, or problems in Philosophy, to graduate seminars.” —Gerasimos Santas, Teaching Philosophy

  6. On Poetry and Style

    Translated by G. M. A. Grube

    On Poetry and Style

    Contains the Poetics and the first twelve chapters of the Rhetoric, Book III.

  7. Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice

    George Pullman

    Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice

    George Pullman's lively and accessible introduction to the study of persuasion is an ideal text for use in courses where the understanding and practice of argumentation, rhetoric, and critical thinking are central.

    "George Pullman's Persuasion has much to commend, not only in its direct engagement of the rich tradition of rhetoric, but also in its well-chosen range of readings (from the Greek tradition as well as contemporary pieces) and exercises in each chapter. In particular, I liked the way the introductory material invites experienced and newer students to consider the value of effective communication in professional settings. The exercises not only enable students to put into practice the key ideas highlighted in the chapter, but also promote digital literacies, which are fundamental in the twenty-first century. Students will find chapters three and four especially valuable for their clarity in explaining topics, issue types and use of evidence. Finally, this is an affordable and relevant classroom text that students will be able to consult long after the course of study has ended." —Cecilia Bonnor, Department of English, University of Houston

    Title Support Website: Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice Title Support Site.

  8. Phaedrus (Nehamas & Woodruff Edition)

    Translated by Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff

    Phaedrus (Nehamas & Woodruff Edition)

    "A superb translation that captures the rhetorical brilliance of the Greek. . . . The translation is faithful in the very best sense: it reflects both the meaning and the beauty of the Greek text. . . . The footnotes are always helpful, never obtrusive. A one-page outline is useful since there are no editorial additions to mark major divisions in the dialogue. An appendix containing fragments of early Greek love poetry helps the reader appreciate the rich, and perhaps elusive, meaning of eros. . . . The entire Introduction is crisply written, and the authors' erudition shines throughout, without a trace of pedantry. . . . this is an excellent book that deservedly should find wide circulation for many years to come."
         —Tim Mahoney, University of Texas at Arlington

  9. Plato: Gorgias & Aristotle: Rhetoric

    Plato & Aristotle
    Translated, with Introduction, by Joe Sachs

    Plato: Gorgias & Aristotle: Rhetoric

    By pairing translations of Gorgias and Rhetoric, along with an outstanding introductory essay, Joe Sachs demonstrates Aristotles response to Plato. If in the Gorgias Plato probes the question of what is problematic in rhetoric, in Rhetoric, Aristotle continues the thread by looking at what makes rhetoric useful. By juxtaposing the two texts, an interesting "conversation" is illuminated—one which students of philosophy and rhetoric will find key in their analytical pursuits.

  10. Rhetoric

    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by C. D. C. Reeve


    Series: The New Hackett Aristotle

    "The Rhetoric is, of course, a landmark in the history of rhetorical theory. It is also a major work of Aristotelian philosophy, which contains Aristotle's fullest discussion of the nature and value of dialectic, a pioneering treatment of non-conclusive but reputable argumentation and a wide-ranging examination of the emotions, among other things. Reeve's clear and accurate translation, with a meaty Introduction and copious notes, does justice to the Rhetoric in all its aspects as no English language translation has done before." James Allen, University of Toronto

    This new translation of Aristotle's Rhetoric, noteworthy for its consistency and accuracy, is the latest addition to the New Hackett Aristotle series. Fitting seamlessly with the others in the series, it enables Anglophone readers to read Aristotle’s works in a way previously impossible. Sequentially numbered endnotes provide the information most needed at each juncture, while a detailed Index of Terms guides the reader to places where focused discussion of key notions occurs.

  11. Socrates and the Sophists

    Translated, with Introductory Essay, by Joe Sachs

    Socrates and the Sophists

    This is an English translation of four of Plato’s dialogues (ProtagorasEuthydemusHippias Major, and Cratylus) that explores the topic of sophistry and philosophy, a key concept at the source of Western thought. Includes notes and an introductory essay.

    "Perhaps more than any other dialogue, the Cratylus has been in need of retranslation. Yet because it is a dialogue about words that is also replete with plays on words, with pretended etymologies, and perhaps with more comedy than any other dialogue, translating it is a daunting task. There is no one better suited for this task than Joe Sachs. His translations of Greek philosophical classics are widely acclaimed both for their truthfulness to the original Greek text and for their sensitivity to every nuance of the text. Sachs’s translation of the Cratylus is a rare achievement and no doubt will do much to restore to this dialogue its rightful status as one of the major Platonic dialogues." —John Sallis, Boston College

  12. Sophist (Brann, Kalkavage, & Salem Edition)

    Translated, with Introduction and Glossary, by Eva Brann, Peter Kalkavage, and Eric Salem

    Sophist (Brann, Kalkavage, & Salem Edition)

    This is an English translation of Plato presenting a new conception of the Theory of Forms. Socrates and others discuss the epistemological and metaphysical puzzles of the Parmenides, with aims to define the meaning of the Sophist. The glossary of key terms is a unique addition to Platonic literature by which concepts central to each dialogue are discussed and cross-referenced as to their occurrences throughout the work. In such a way students are encouraged to see beyond the words into concepts.

  13. Technical and Professional Communication(Edition 1.1)

    Dolores Lehr

    Technical and Professional Communication
    (Edition 1.1)

    Technical and Professional Communication encourages readers to view both text and visuals as an integral part of an overall document rather than as separate entities. To achieve this end, each of the fifteen chapters focuses on some aspect of text and graphics while discussing one or the other more extensively. The book is divided into four parts. The first three parts focus on planning documents, composing text or generating graphics, and the applications: definitions, technical descriptions, instructions, proposals, reports, correspondences, promotional materials, and oral presentations. The last part serves as a reference for correcting writing errors and documenting sources. Edition 1.1 includes a number of minor improvements as well as updates reflecting changes in technology.

  14. The English Language

    Jack Lynch

    The English Language

    Updated and expanded from one of the most popular grammar sites on the web, this book provides a modern guide to English usage for the 21st century. With topics arranged alphabetically and written in an enjoyable and readable tone, The English Language: A User's Guide will help students and writers understand the nature of the language, explaining the "why" of the rules as well as what constitutes good grammar and style. Going beyond the prescriptive wrong /right examples, Jack Lynch includes examples of weak/strong, good/better, disputed/preferred, and informal/formal usage.

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    Michael Harvey

    The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Second Edition)

    This "worthy successor to Strunk and White*" now features an expanded style guide covering a wider range of citation cases, complete with up-to-date formats for Chicago, MLA, and APA styles.

    "This wonderful little book has helped improve the level of writing in all the courses I teach. No one should graduate from college without having used it." —Gonzalo Munevar, Lawrence Technological University

    * "Highly recommended." —P. Finley, Choice*

  16. The Persuasive Actor

    Milan Dragicevich

    The Persuasive Actor

    "No book can teach anyone how to speak, but the lessons herein, practically applied, will help everyone who reads it become a better actor, speaker, and communicator. This is an exciting, invigorating book which will be required reading for all my acting students. I predict it will become a celebrated text of great worth to educators and students." —Murray McGibbon, Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, Indiana University, Bloomington

    "A must-have for all actors who encounter speeches that are longer than three sentences. On the surface, that would be classic works from Sophocles through Shakespeare—with the 17th and 18th centuries thrown in. Dig deeper and the book’s value to actors of modern and contemporary drama is inescapable. Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, Miller, Shepard, Wilson, Kushner, and Suzan-Lori Parks all wrote plays that are filled with powerful rhetorical devices that demand lively, thorough, and specific consideration. This book is a guide that unfolds the mysteries of classical rhetoric in a clear, concise, and effective manner, a book for speakers who want to move their audiences. It is aimed at actors, but also belongs on the shelf of lawyers, advertising copywriters, and, of course, public officials. I will use it in my classes and workshops and enthusiastically recommended it to all actors and actor trainers."
     —Leslie Reidel, Department of Theatre, University of Delaware

  17. Writing a Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach

    Stanley Chodorow

    Writing a Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach

    "Writing a successful research paper is not easy, but Stanley Chodorow's book is so lucid and well organized that, with it as an aid, students will find the process less daunting—and perhaps even satisfying. The sixth chapter, on using evidence, is the best and most helpful thing I've ever read on that crucial topic."
       —Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, and Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania

  18. Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age

    George Pullman

    Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age

    "Contrary to the old adage about finding new names for old things, Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age gives new life and new meaning to old names. The book and its companion website transform ancient rhetoric as a process of oral composition—invention, arrangement, memory, style, and delivery—into a digital rhetoric, a dynamic process of writing for the World Wide Web: dynamic because it shows not only how to write in a Web-based medium but, more importantly, how to learn and adapt to a medium that is constantly evolving and changing. Unlike conventional books that provide specific solutions to specific problems, Writing Online reenacts the process of solving Web-based writing problems, explaining everything from how to create a simple web page to how to develop a sophisticated content management system and everything in between: HTML, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and much more. . . ."    —James P. Zappen, Professor, Department of Communication and Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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  19. Writing with Sources (3rd Edition)

    Gordon Harvey

    Writing with Sources (3rd Edition)

    The challenges of integrating and citing sources in academic work have expanded in scope and complexity in the digital age, but the basic principles and guidelines for doing so responsibly remain the same. The third edition of Writing with Sources is updated throughout, providing more examples of the proper use and citation of digital and print sources across disciplines—including current conventions specific to MLA, The Chicago Manual of Style, APA, and CSE citation styles—while preserving its concise and accessible format.

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