The Aims of Argument: A Text and Reader

ISBN-13: 9780077592202

ISBN-10: 0077592204

Author: Timothy Crusius, Carolyn Channell

Edition: 8

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McGraw-Hill Education
Paperback 608 pages
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Acknowledged author Timothy Crusius wrote The Aims of Argument: A Text and Reader comprising 608 pages back in 2014. Textbook and etextbook are published under ISBN 0077592204 and 9780077592202. Since then The Aims of Argument: A Text and Reader textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $26.78 or rent at the marketplace.


The Aims of Argument, a comprehensive text for teaching argument, recognizes that people argue with a range of purposes in mind: to inquire, to convince, to persuade, and to negotiate. It offers a clear, logical learning sequence rather than merely a collection of assignments: inquiry is the search for truth, what we call an earned opinion, which then becomes the basis of efforts to convince others to accept our earned opinions. Case-making, the essence of convincing, is then carried over into learning how to persuade, which, requires explicit attention to appeals to character, emotion, and style. Finally, the previous three aims all play roles in negotiation, which amounts to finding and defending positions capable of appealing to all sides in a dispute or controversy.

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