Summary: The unique collaborative effort of a professor of English and a professor of philosophy, Current Issues and Enduring Questions is a balanced and flexible book that provides the benefits of the authors' dual expertise in effective persuasive writing and rigorous critical thinking. Refined through eight widely adopted editions, it has been revised to address current student interests and trends in argument, research, and writing. Its comprehensive coverage of classic and contemporary approaches to
argument includes Aristotle, Toulmin, and a range of alternative views, making it an extraordinarily versatile text. Readings on contemporary controversies (including environmental stewardship, student-teacher relationships, cyber bullying, and the limits of reproductive rights) and classical philosophical questions (such as How free is the will of the individual?) are sure to spark student interest and lively discussion and writing. No other text and reader offers such an extensive resource for teaching argument.
Summary: The unique collaborative effort of a professor of English and a professor of philosophy, Current Issues and Enduring Questions is a balanced and flexible book that provides the benefits of the authors' dual expertise in effective persuasive writing and rigorous critical thinking. Refined through eight widely adopted editions, it has been revised to address current student interests and trends in argument, research, and writing. Its comprehensive coverage of classic and contemporary approaches to argument includes Aristotle, Toulmin, and a range of alternative views, making it an extraordinarily versatile text. Readings on contemporary controversies (including environmental stewardship, student-teacher relationships, cyber bullying, and the limits of reproductive rights) and classical philosophical questions (such as How free is the will of the individual?) are sure to spark student interest and lively discussion and writing. No other text and reader offers such an extensive resource for teaching argument. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:9TH 11 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Bedford Books Published: 07/01/2010 International: No
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Sylvan Barnet, professor of English and former director of writing at Tufts University, is the most prolific and consistently successful college English textbook author in the country. His several texts on writing and his numerous anthologies for introductory composition and literature courses have remained leaders in their field through many editions. Hugo Bedau, professor of philosophy at Tufts University, has served as chair of the philosophy department and chair of the university's committee on College Writing. An internationally respected expert on the death penalty, and on moral, legal, and political philosophy, he has written or edited a number of books on these topics. He is the author of Thinking and Writing about Philosophy, Second Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's).
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1 Critical Thinking Thinking
2 Critical Reading: Getting Started
3 Critical Reading: Getting Deeper into Arguments Persuasion
4 Visual Rhetoric: Images as Arguments
5 Writing an Analysis of an Argument
6 Developing an Argument of Your Own
7 Using Sources
8 A Philosopher's View: The Toulmin Model
9 A Logician's View: Deduction, Induction, Fallacies
10 A Moralist's View: Ways of Thinking Ethically
11 A Lawyer's View: Steps toward Civic Literacy
12 A Psychologist's View: Rogerian Argument
13 A Literary Critic's View: Arguing about Literature
14 A Debater's View: Individual Oral Presentations and Debate
15 The Equal Rights Amendment: Is It Still Needed?
16 Genetic Modification of Human Beings: Is It Acceptable?
17 Obesity: Who Is Responsible for Our Weight?
18 Racial Profiling: Should Airports Use It to Screen Passengers?
19 Romantic Relationships between Faculty and Students: Should Colleges Prohibit Them?
20 Single-Sex Classrooms: Do They Offer Advantages?
21 College Education: What Is Its Purpose?
22 The Death Penalty: Is It Ever Justified?
23 Drugs: Should Their Sale and Use Be Legalized?
24 Going Green: What Must Be Done?
25 Immigration: What Is To Be Done?
26 Sexual Harassment: Is There Any Doubt about What It Is?
27 Marriage: What Is Its Future?
28 Reproductive Rights: What Are the Limits?
29 Service: A Duty? A Benefit? Or Both, or Perhaps Neither?
30 Testing: What Value Do Tests Have? Testing: What Values Do Tests Have?
31 Torture: Is It Ever Justifiable?
32 What Is the Ideal Society?
33 How Free Is the Will of the Individual within Society?
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