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By Anthony Weston, David R. Morrow

This e-book builds on Anthony Weston's Rulebook for Arguments to supply an entire textbook for a direction in serious pondering or casual good judgment.

The workbook comprises the complete textual content of the fourth version of the Rulebook, whereas supplementing this center textual content with large additional motives and workouts: homework workouts tailored from a variety of genuine arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, video clips, YouTube movies, and different resources; sensible recommendation to assist scholars prevail whilst making use of the Rulebook's principles to the examples within the homework routines; feedback for additional perform, outlining actions that scholars can do through themselves or with classmates to enhance their severe considering abilities, or pointing them to on-line assets to do an analogous; and, specified directions for in-class actions and take-home assignments designed to interact scholars in serious thinking.It additionally comprises an appendix on mapping arguments, giving scholars an effective creation 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 extra dialogue of a few of the great highbrow, philosophical, or moral concerns they bring up.

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Then, go back over the passage phrase by phrase, trying to figure out what each phrase means. Rewrite each phrase in the simplest language you can find, deleting words or phrases that don’t add to the meaning of the sentence. Don’t worry about coming 3. Talcott Parsons, Societies: Evolutionary and Comparative Perspectives (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1966), p. 56. The quotation and the rewritten version that follows come from Stanislas Andreski, Social Sciences as Sorcery (New York: St.

1 in premise-andconclusion form. Work with a friend or classmate if you want to be able to compare your work with someone else’s. For even more practice, do the same thing with the arguments in the editorials, op-eds, and letters to the editor that you found on your favorite newspaper’s Web site. For a more sophisticated way to show the relationships among premises in an argument, see Appendix III: Argument Mapping (p. 262). Argument maps are especially helpful in understanding complex arguments.

Thus, a liberal arts education is an essential part of any “real” education. Adapted from: Martha Nussbaum, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010) 6. Scholars have begun looking at the colonial period as a way of understanding economic development. During the colonial period, several European powers established colonies in the Americas. Some of these colonies have become economically successful, while others have not. The most striking difference between those that succeeded and those that did not is that the successful colonies had much lower levels of economic and social inequality than the unsuccessful colonies.

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