Anthony Weston, David R. Morrow's A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical PDF

By Anthony Weston, David R. Morrow

ISBN-10: 1603847510

ISBN-13: 9781603847513

This ebook builds on Anthony Weston's Rulebook for Arguments to provide a whole textbook for a path in severe pondering or casual common sense.

The workbook includes the whole textual content of the fourth variation of the Rulebook, whereas supplementing this center textual content with vast extra motives and workouts: homework routines tailored from a variety of real arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, video clips, YouTube video clips, and different resources; sensible recommendation to aid scholars be triumphant while using the Rulebook's ideas to the examples within the homework workouts; feedback for extra perform, outlining actions that scholars can do via themselves or with classmates to enhance their severe considering talents, or pointing them to on-line assets to do an analogous; and, specific directions for in-class actions and take-home assignments designed to have interaction scholars in severe thinking.It additionally comprises an appendix on mapping arguments, giving scholars a high-quality advent to this important ability in comparing or developing advanced and multi-step arguments, in addition to version solutions to odd-numbered difficulties, together with commentaries at the strengths and weaknesses of chosen pattern solutions and additional dialogue of a few of the substantial highbrow, philosophical, or moral matters they increase.

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It’s about fast-food products. What does it say about the members of that group? It says that they’re all unhealthy. To give good examples in support of a generalization, you need to be sure that your examples are the right type of thing. If you want to support the generalization that fast foods are unhealthy, you need to give examples of things that are both fast foods and unhealthy.

At the very least, this premise needs some serious defense, and very likely it is just not true. This argument cannot show, then, that human beings are not made for happiness or that you or I should not expect to be happy. Sometimes it is easy to start from reliable premises. You may have well-known examples at hand or reliable sources that are clearly in agreement. Other times it is harder. If you are not sure about the reliability of a premise, you may need to do some research and/or give an argument for the premise itself (see Rule 31 for more on this point).

It leaves the emotional charge of the words to do all the work, and therefore really does no work at all. We’re left exactly where we started. Overtones may sometimes persuade even when they shouldn’t, of course—but remember, here we are looking for actual, concrete evidence. Likewise, do not try to make your argument look good by using emotionally loaded words to label the other side. Generally, people advocate a position for serious and sincere reasons. Try to figure out their view—try to understand their reasons—even if you disagree entirely.

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