Argumentation and Critical Decision Making (8e) : 9780205210596

Argumentation and Critical Decision Making (8e)

Rieke & Sillars
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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This text examines the general principles of argument in a rigorous yet readable manner and then applies those principles to different spheres of life – law, science, religion, business, government, and politics – to explore how conventions of argument change when applied to these real-world arenas.


Focusing on the dynamics of decision making and using real-life examples to illustrate principles, Argumentation and Critical Decision Making aims to help readers develop practical argumentation skills within the world of their daily lives.

Table of contents
  • Preface   
  • Part One Principles 
  • 1  Defining Argumentation   
  • 2  Appraising Argumentation   
  • 3  Making Sense of Argumentation   
  • 4  The Nature of Arguments   
  • 5  Analysis in Argumentation   
  • 6  Case Building   
  • 7  Support: Evidence   
  • 8  Support: Values   
  • 9  Support: Credibility   
  • 10  Refutation   
  • 11  Refutation by Fallacy Claims   
  • 12  Argumentation in Law   
  • 13  Argumentation in Science   
  • 14  Argumentation in Religion   
  • 15  Argumentation in Business   
  • 16  Argumentation in Government and Politics   
  • References   
  • Name Index   
  • Subject Index   
New to this edition
  • A newly introduced visual program throughout the book sets off text to break up the words, give the reader some relief, and highlight particularly important material.
  • Chapter 6 on Case Building is substantially revised to focus on more common experiences students face preparing a comprehensive set of arguments for a proposition in a presentation, essay, memorandum, paper, editorial, thesis, article, or blog. This provides readers with a wider range of argumentation platforms.
  • Chapter 14 has been enhanced by acknowledging the role of other religions of the world that are increasingly important in western nations, aside from Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, broadening the discussion of religion in argumentation.
  • Nature of Arguments includes a revised discussion of arguments and appears earlier in the text to create a more clear and comprehensive understanding of argumentation.
  • Chapter 3 “Making Sense of Argumentation” is significantly revised to reflect some of the practical applications of feminist and other scholarship that emphasizes more collaborative approaches to disputes.
Features & benefits
  • The audience-oriented approach of this text promotes the author’s point that the audience is vital to understanding argumentation and teaches students to analyze the audience when preparing an argument.
  • Current research and examples throughout the text exemplify argumentation for students and allow them to apply the course material in a relevant way.
  • Real-world examples clarify concepts and help students see the importance of argumentation skills in their daily lives. 
  • Coverage of language is integrated throughout the text, reinforcing for students the importance of word selection in all aspects of argument.
  • Unique student “Projects” at the end of each chapter get students actively involved in the material, applying principles learned in the text to real life.
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