A Rulebook for Arguments has ratings and reviews. Now in its 4th Ed ., the author has refined and expanded the layout so that it reads straight. COUPON: Rent A Rulebook for Arguments 4th edition () and save up to 80% on textbook rentals and 90% on used Authors: Anthony Weston. A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and The fourth edition, even more elegantly organized and concise than before, adds .

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ediition and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston. Updated examples, streamlined text, and the chapter on definition reworked in a rule-based format strengthen this already strong volume.

Readers familiar with the previous edition will find a text that retains all the features that make Rulebook ideally suited for use as a supplementary course book fkr including its modest price and compact size. Unlike most textbooks on ar Updated examples, streamlined text, and the chapter on definition reworked in a rule-based format strengthen this already strong volume. Unlike most textbooks on argumentative writing, Rulebook is organised around specific rules, illustrated and explained soundly and briefly.

It is not a edirion, but a rulebook, whose goal is to help students get on with writing a paper or assessing an argument. PaperbackThird edition87 pages. Published January 1st by Hackett Publishing Company first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about A Rulebook for Argumentsplease sign up. See 1 question about Antuony Rulebook for Arguments…. Lists with This Book. If you want to be good at arguing, this book 4tj for you. I read it all in one go, and that’s a bit counter-productive, seeing as you won’t be able to remember all of it unless you’re crazy smart, in which case, you probably don’t need this book.

But edjtion is definitely useful, and works very well as a, well, rulebook for arguments. Yeah, it’s a editikn chosen title. Jan 06, G. Branden rated it really liked it. Not this title–at fewer than pages it selects concision as a goal. I suspect Weston’s book would be a great title for students needing an introduction to the subject–as well as for the experienced reader who vaguely remembers what modus ponensmodus tollensand “affirming the consequent” are but needs a refresher for his or her aging brain, it’s a lean and pithy reference.

The downside for that function is that there is no index. A Rulebook for Arguments invites comparison to Strunk and White’s Elements of Style ; the author recommends keeping his own title agruments to the latter on the shelf.

I’m not in a position to argue Anthony Weston encourages the use of representative examples and counterexamples, warns of the hazards of statistics like I recently haveimparts the importance of impartial and reliable sources, explains the correlational relationship between cause and effect, presents deductive reasoning in the words of Sherlock Holmes, preaches the value of librarians, and can teach a thing or two to Badly Behaving Authors.


Criticisms and suggestions, as always, are welcome. It is through others’ eyes that you can see best where you are unclear or hasty of just plain implausible. Feedback improves your logic too.

Objections may come up that you hadn’t expected. Premises you thought were secure may turn out to need defending, while other premises may turn out to be more secure than they seemed. You may even pick up a dew new facts or examples.

Feedback is a “reality check” all the way around –welcome it.

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The examples I run into the most: The sob stories ‘appealing to pity as an argument for special treatment. No forms of cognitive bias were included. Bias is explicitly mentioned once, during the introduction of section IV on Sources.

I’ve tried to find a book that does include them and this was, in the end, the most likely candidate to cover this topic, so I’m a tad disappointed. A Rulebook for Arguments really is what it says, a short and concise, but easy to understand, list of rules on how to construct a solid argument. Apr 01, Ahmad Hossam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 25, Lianna rated it really liked it. Seriously, a must read for everyone. Dec 24, Tamara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great way to learn how to win an argument.

Favorite section is the one on fallacies. This 85pg book accomplished much of its aim: Now in wewton 4th Ed. The author’s examples seem to indicate a non-Christian bias at times, but I don’t think this detracts from the quality of the instruction given. The expansions in this edition address editiom oral and written arguments as well as a section on informal fallacies.

This is no end-all discussions This 85pg book accomplished much of its aim: This is no end-all discussions book, but I recommend it to the library of anyone who will be presenting positions for adoption and evaluating others who do the same. Sep 01, Madeleine Lesieutre rated it really liked it Shelves: I took some notes. The book basically explains what’s acceptable in an argument and what’s not and how that argument should be structured.

It also explains types of deductive arguments which I got a brief introduction to through CrashCourse Philosophy, but this book goes into a lot more detail. Arguments and debates might actually be productive if pe I anthpny some notes. Arguments and debates might actually be productive if people abided by the rules presented in this rulebook.

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I wish the people on facebook with whom Rulebook have nonsensical political and religious arguments would read this. Dec 12, Todd Cambio rated it really liked it. This book is excellent for learning better arguing strategies and learning when other people actually sound like complete morons during an argument. Oct 05, Martin Stoev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Short with a good overview over the most important topics regarding argumentation. Sep 23, Mehran Jalali rated it it was ok Shelves: A very short book, full of obvious statements.


A few interesting points here and there, but nothing that the average person couldn’t arrive at with a few seconds’ thinking. By stating that the book is obvious, I’m not just saying that it didn’t have anything that I couldn’t have concluded wetson I’m saying that it had nothing that I hadn’t concluded. I don’t think any average person does not already intuitively abide by the logic put forth in the book. The best part was probably the voucher example use A very short antthony, full of obvious statements.

The best part was probably the voucher example used. I was bad at arguing. But since I worked with people who love to prove and defend their arguments, I have to learn to speak up my own atguments.

A Rulebook for Arguments

The author developed rules of thumb in argumentation and demonstrated the practicality in various examples mostly from Betrand Russell’s essays and Sherlock Holmes’ deductions. I learned how to formulate structured arguments and avoid fallacies. It’s concise and easy to read. I will always get back to this until I remember all I was bad at arguing.

I will always get back to this until I remember all the rules and master it. All efition all, a must read!

Concise and very well presented. Flows as nicely as possible. Sort of left me wanting more by the time it went into the more practical sections that were less interesting Argumentative Essay and Speech.

Apr 06, Steve Traves rated it it was amazing. Handy little reference book, the Strunk and White for argumentation. I find I do most of this intuitively but great to carry around as a pocket-sized reference book and some worthwhile recommendations for further reading at the end. Jul 23, Vel Veeter rated it liked it Shelves: This small book acts as a guide on how to make good arguments edtion writing.

A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston

The checklist itself is quite solid. He goes through several different considerations to consider as you begin to think through creating argumentative papers.

From starting with premises, testing them, con This small book acts as a guide on how to make good arguments in writing. From starting with premises, testing them, considering multiple perspectives, different types of evidence, and logic. The real failure of this book is that for some reason he makes a few distracting sexual examples and means that if I were to bring this relatively neutral but non-essential book into my Dual Enrollment class let along an 11th grade class run the risk of accidentally creating a disruptive space.

Also, and this is much worse, he keeps bringing in religious examples, so the issue is the same. So instead, I 4fh likely borrow or paraphrase sections of this text rather than assign it.

Feb 11, Jeff Short rated it really liked it Shelves: Argument here does not refer to the 4yh of a verbal fistfight.