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Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing : A Brief Guide to Argument - 4th edition

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing : A Brief Guide to Argument (ISBN10: 0312259115; ISBN13: 9780312259112)
ISBN13: 978-0312259112
ISBN10: 0312259115

Summary: Features :

  • A compact but comprehensive guide to critical thinking and argumentation. Comprising the text portion of the widely adopted Current Issues and Enduring Questions, this affordable guide provides a thorough introduction to critical thinking and argumentation and can stand alone or supplement a larger anthology of readings for a composition or literature course.
  • A practical ...show moreapproach to critical thinking and reading. The three chapters in Part One show students how to recognize and evaluate assumptions as a prelude to annotating, summarizing, and analyzing arguments.
  • Thorough treatment of writing arguments. The three chapters in Part Two help students apply their critical thinking and reading skills to writing analytical, critical, and research-based papers in the MLA or APA style.
  • 54 provocative readings (25 new). The readings provide arguments designed for student response, and are accompanied by headnotes and questions that prompt students to think and write critically about pressing current issues and one classic philosophical question. Five in-depth casebooks provide a variety of perspectives on the issues.
  • Unique section on alternative perspectives on argument. Part three includes six chapters that introduce students to the various approaches to argument -- philosophical (the Toulmin model), logical (deduction, induction, fallacies), ethical, legal, psychological (Rogerian argument), and literary.


New to This Edition :
  • Compelling new readings and topics. Twemty-five of the readings are new (46%), as are ten topics of current interest covered by single selections and in-depth Casebooks. New topics include standardized tests, advertising directed at children, the use of torture as punishment, racial stereotypes, polygamy, and school prayer.
  • New coverage of visual rhetoric with images. Recognizing the profusion of visual arguments in our culture, this edition teaches students how to read and analyze them. Integrated throughout Chapter Three, 14 images -- monuments, advertisements, photographs, and works of art -- present opportunities for analysis.
  • A new chapter on moral reasoning. Because moral and ethical reasoning underlie most arguments, we have added a new chapter called "A Moralist's View: Ways of Thinking Ethically" designed to help students learn to recognize and analyze moral arguments. The discussion explains the differences between amoral, immoral, and moral reasoning and presents three readings that employ moral reasoning in argument.
  • Updated and expanded research features. The chapter on using sources has been revised to provide the latest information on finding, evaluating, and documenting electronic and other sources. The chapter also includes a new student essay documented in APA style and a student essay in MLA style.
  • More student writing. The book now includes eight essays (three new) on current issues by student writers. The essays serve not only as models for writing, but also as arguments for analysis.
  • New book companion site. Referenced throughout the book, the new book companion site at www.bedfordstmartins.com/barnetbedau offers students and teachers an extensive set of annotated links on argument and on the controversial topics in the book. Brainteasers allow students to test their understanding of logic and argument, and instructors can share assignment and syllabi ideas with colleagues across the nation.
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Edition/Copyright: 4TH 02
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 07/28/2001
International: No

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