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Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument
by:Sylvan Barnet, Hugo Bedau
Sylvan Barnet's Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument, ISBN 9780312601607 is just as it is described in the title…brief, yet it is also very comprehensive in nature providing quality information and tips on mastering the art of argument. The goal of the text is to guide students on a journey from critical thinking to...
Sylvan Barnet's Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument, ISBN 9780312601607 is just as it is described in the title…brief, yet it is also very comprehensive in nature providing quality information and tips on mastering the art of argument. The goal of the text is to guide students on a journey from critical thinking to argumentative and researched writing through the use of efficient and honed persuasive writing skills. Various approaches to argument are portrayed in this text including those of Aristotle, Toulmin, and various other alternative views providing diversity and richness. In Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument, ISBN 9780312601607, Barnet divides his information into three sections. Part 1 addresses the subjects of 'Critical Thinking and Reading.' Chapters within this section address a myriad of topics including challenging students to consider issues that can be analyzed and evaluated, checklists for critical thinking, examining assumptions, as well as summarizing and paraphrasing. Other topics include reason versus rationalization, procedures in argument, as well as checklists for evaluating statistical evidence and analyzing an argument, and a challenge to students to consider the use of images and visuals in their arguments. Part two of this resource centers around 'Critical Writing.' These chapters touch on the use of the writing process when developing an argument, keeping audience needs in mind, as well as utilizing and recognizing sources. Critical subjects in the writing realm of plagiarism, annotating work, and using APA format are also included in these chapters. Entitled 'Further Views on Argument,' part 3 focuses on the varied argumentative views including that of the Toulmin Model, logicians, moralists, lawyers, psychologists, literary critics, debaters. This text closes with part 5 entitled 'A Casebook on the State and the Individual.' Within this section are writings and arguments of famous people and historians from Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King, Jr.
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