152 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
The Process of Argument: An Introduction is a necessary companion for anyone seeking to engage in successful persuasion: to organize, construct, and communicate arguments. It is both comprehensive and accessible: an authoritative guide to logical thinking and effective communication.
The book begins with techniques for improving careful reading—including guides on navigating through fake news and internet trolls. Then, readers are taught how to reconstruct deductive, inductive, and abductive presentations so that the logical structure is explicit. And finally, there is a step-by-step guide for responding to these texts via the argumentative essay.
Along the way are current examples from social media and elsewhere on the internet along with guides for assessing truth claims in an ever-complicated community worldview. Throughout, are carefully selected reading questions and exercises that will pace readers in order to ensure that the text is securely grasped and successfully applied.
Part One: Reading the Text
1. Confronting the Text
2. Critical Reading: Worldviews, Fallacies, and the Common Body of Knowledge
3. Assessing Degrees of Certainty and What it Means
Part Two: Reconstructing the Text
4. Outlining Deductive Argument
5. Outlining Inductive Argument
6. Outlining Abductive Argument
Part Three: Responding to the Text
7. Finding Out What You Believe: Preparing to Write a Critical Argumentative Essay
8. The Con Essay
9. The Pro Essay
Appendix The Big Picture