A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston

By Anthony Weston

A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct advent to the artwork of writing and assessing arguments, geared up round particular principles, each one illustrated and defined soundly yet in brief. This commonly renowned primer - translated into 8 languages - is still the 1st selection in all disciplines for writers who search straight forward suggestions approximately the best way to investigate arguments and the way to cogently build them.

The fourth variation deals a made over and extra tightly centred method of prolonged arguments, a brand new bankruptcy on oral arguments, and up-to-date examples and subject matters all through.

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Her labors to find logic and consistency in applying the rules of English grammar, I both respect and admire, as I do her deft and gracious handling of this manuscript while juggling other administrative responsibilities. While I was working at home in the varying series of moods that accompany writing, Mary Lou Keiffer reminded me of the Page xii eighteenth-century wisdom that would have us all cultivate our gardens, and Dianne Monroe reminded me that cleanliness, if not next to godliness, is at least next to peace of mind.

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