A rulebook for arguments by anthony weston is a veritable entry level book for those seeking information on how to employ critical thinking the book is quite short but the value of the information this book provides more than makes up for the size considering the quality of information. This is one of the better guides for writing philosophy papers unlike other books the author of a rulebook for arguments does not waste too much space with english grammar which though essential if one wants to be properly understood is better left to books on english style. A rulebook for arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments organized around specific rules each illustrated and explained soundly but briefly this widely popular primer translated into eight languages remains the first choice in all disciplines for writers who seek straightforward guidance about how to assess arguments and how to cogently construct . Arguments from philosophy literature and politics are used as examples and in several cases the same argument or topic is built on throughout the book here are westons general rules which are also presented in the table of contents for the book distinguish premise and conclusion present your ideas in a natural order start from . This timely fifth edition of a rulebook for arguments sharpens an already classic text adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general
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