1st Edition

Arguing, Reasoning, and Thinking Well

By Robert Gass, John Seiter Copyright 2019
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Arguing, Reasoning, and Thinking Well offers an engaging and accessible introduction to argumentation and critical thinking. With a pro-social focus, the volume encourages readers to value civility when engaged in arguing and reasoning. Authors Gass and Seiter, renowned for their friendly writing style, include real-world examples, hypothetical dialogues, and editorial cartoons to invite readers in. The text includes a full chapter devoted to the ethics of argument, as well as content on refutation and formal logic. It is designed for students in argumentation and critical thinking courses in communication, philosophy, and psychology departments, and is suitable for students and general education courses across the curriculum.

    Chapter 1: Why Study Argument?

    Chapter 2: Arguing Ethically

    Chapter 3: Argument Theories, Models, and Definitions

    Chapter 4: The Nature of Critical Thinking

    Chapter 5: Building Blocks of Argument

    Chapter 6: Evidence and Proof

    Chapter 7: Informal Reasoning

    Chapter 8: Fallacies in Reasoning, part 1

    Chapter 9: Fallacies in Reasoning, part 2

    Chapter 10: Judgment, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving

    Chapter 11: Deductive Reasoning

    Chapter 12: Effective Advocacy & Refutation

    Appendix: Formats for Class Debates


    Robert H. Gass is a Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at California State University Fullerton.

    John S. Seiter is a Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies at Utah State University.