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Perspectives on Argument
This combination rhetoric/reader helps readers develop strategies for critical reading, critical thinking, research, and writing that will help the reader argue clearly and convincingly. It teaches them to identify and develop arguments, to read and form reactions and opinions of their own, to analyze an audience, to seek common ground, and to use a wide, realistic range o ...more
Paperback, Seventh Edition, 670 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Longman Publishing Group
(first published October 1st 1994)
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This is one of two books I had for English 102 last semester. This is a great resource for anyone who needs help with argument skills and how to write a strong argument-based paper. I'd recommend this to any college student, I even kept mine for later. It has many different styles of argumentation and different models such as the Toulmin model and the Rogerian style, both which we used in English. It also discusses other things such as how to spot fallacies and how to create a strong, logic coun ...more
This was a mixed bag of a text. On one hand, some of the more complex concepts of argument were explained pretty well, and the focus on Rogerian argument and common ground was different from the usual. On the other, occasionally the book was less a text on argument and more a text on how to compromise successfully, which, while admirable, isn't necessarily how argument is handled. The weak point, though, was the selection of articles in the reader. There was almost nothing that I would consider ...more