A Rulebook for Arguments

A Rulebook for Arguments

A Rulebook for Arguments

A Rulebook for Arguments

Synopsis

Updated examples, streamlined text, and the chapter on definition reworked in a rule-based format strengthen this already strong volume. Readers familiar with the previous edition will find a text that retains all the features that make Rulebook ideally suited for use as a supplementary course book -- including its modest price and compact size. Unlike most textbooks on argumentative writing, Rulebook is organised around specific rules, illustrated and explained soundly and briefly. It is not a textbook, but a rulebook, whose goal is to help students get on with writing a paper or assessing an argument.

Excerpt

This book is a brief introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments. It sticks to the bare essentials. I have found that students and writers often need just such a list of reminders and rules, not lengthy introductory explanations. Thus, unlike most textbooks in argumentative writing or “critical thinking,” this book is organized around specific rules, illustrated and explained soundly but above all briefly. It is not a textbook but a rulebook.

Instructors too, I have found, often wish to assign such a rulebook, a treatment that students can consult and understand on their own and that therefore does not intrude on classtime. Here again it is important to be brief—the point is to help students get on with writing a paper or with assessing an argument—but the rules must be stated with enough explanation that an instructor can simply refer a student to Rule 6 or Rule 16 rather than writing an entire explanation in the margins of each student’s paper. Brief but self-sufficient—that is the fine line I have tried to follow.

This rulebook also can be used in a course that gives explicit attention to arguments. It will need to be supplemented with . . .

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