The Craft of Argument: Concise a clear and brief argument rhetoric written by the authors of such successful composition titles as Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (AWL) and The Craft of Research (Chicago UP), and based on the highly acclaimed The Craft of Argument, Second Edition.
Presenting a revised version of the Toulmin model, The Craft of Argument, Concise offers what reviewers have called one of the most accessible and teachable presentations of Toulmin available. Focusing on problem finding and problem solving as the heart of planning, drafting, and revising written arguments, the first 11 chapters explain the nature of argument, how to develop your argument, and how to think about argument, using the revised Toulmin model. Chapters 12 and 13 discuss the language of argument, including a discussion on some of the basic elements of style.
- A revised model of the Toulmin system. Detailed in the preface (and raved about by reviewers), the authors have streamlined the Toulmin system further than any other text while retaining its fundamental insights. Offers a more realistic model for beginning writing students.
- Excellent graphical representations of what an argument "looks" like.
- Use of illustrative examples drawn from situations and conversations that will be familiar to college students.
- Practical “Writing Process” sections- follow the explanatory rhetorical sections in most chapters. These practical sections detail specific strategies for implementing the theoretical sections of chapters and creating effective arguments.
- TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE- Companion Website offers chapter-specific summaries, exercises, and additional online argument analyses.
- Two significant appendices-Based on reviewer comments, these appendices were added to complete the book content: 1) logical fallacies and 2) bibliographic citations (both MLA and updated APA).
- A Checklist of Questions for Planning and Revising-In a special section tabbed halfway through the book, this checklist will help students build stronger arguments by asking them general and detailed (sentence-specific) questions regarding their arguments.
- Chapter summaries. "In a Nutshell," appears at the end of every chapter, allowing for quick review and retention of chapter material.
Table of Contents
Topical Contents of the Writing Process Sections.
Preface for Teachers.
A Message to Students.
How to Use This Book.
I. THE NATURE OF ARGUMENT. 1. Argument and Rationality. 2. Argument as Civil Conversation. 3. Motivating Your Argument.
II. DEVELOPING YOUR ARGUMENT. 4. Articulating Claims. 5. Reasons and Evidence. 6. Reporting Evidence. 7. Warranting Claims and Reasons. 8. Acknowledgments and Responses. A Checklist for Planning and Revising.
III. THINKING ABOUT THINKING IN ARGUMENTS. 9. The Forms of Reasoning. 10. Arguments About Meanings. 11. Arguments About Causes.
IV. THE LANGUAGES OF ARGUMENT. 12. Clear Language. 13. The Overt and Covert Force of Language. Appendix 1. Fallacies. Appendix 2. A Quick Guide to Citations. Credits. Index.