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.
Table of Contents
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.
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