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The Elements of Reasoning

(Elements of Composition Series)

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The second edition of The Elements of Reasoning retains the accessible and succinct approach that made the first edition the best treatment of the essentials of argumentation. It presents the principles that govern the composition of effective argumentative discourse and includes brief examples, with analyses that show students the underlying structure of the argument ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 18th 2000 by Pearson (first published March 6th 1991)
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May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Eberly and Corbett do a good job in this book. They walk you through the different parts of reasoning and rhetoric with good examples and clear definitions. The last chapter I skimmed through after they went through the logical fallacies (it was about discourse and reasoning in American democracy). These "citizen critic" parts didn't add much for me, other than to give you a practical, everyday place to apply the lessons in the book. A worthwhile read regardless. There are also exercises at the ...more
Seth Holler
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 2013. Using selectively in my rhetoric class. A few rough spots, but lots of valuable stuff.

Oct 2017. Browsing through this little book, which I remember fondly despite a significant error in the discussion of syllogism.
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Probably wouldn't use it, if only because it is pretty dated.
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