Perspectives on Argument, 9th edition

Published by Pearson (July 14, 2021) © 2018

  • Nancy V. Wood University of Texas at Arlington
  • James S. Miller Univeristy of Wisconsin--Whitewater

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Perspectives on Argument
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Learn the skill of rational argument.

Perspectives on Argument teaches students strategies for critical thinking, critical reading, research, and writing that will help them participate in all types of argument. The 9th Edition extends beyond reading, visual, and multimodal argument into the timely topic of online argument. Students will encounter argument at home, school, and on the job. This book arms them with the tools they need to identify controversial topics, form opinions and reactions to text and pictures, and write persuasive papers that express their viewpoints. The book also follows the premise that not all arguments involve right and wrong. Students will learn skills like finding common ground, consensus, withholding opinions, negotiating, and even changing beliefs when they can no longer make a case for them.


Brief Contents

  1. A Perspective on Argument
  2. The Rhetorical Situation: Understanding Audience and Context
  3. Reading, Thinking, and Writing About issues
  4. The Essential Parts of an Argument: The Toulmin Model
  5. Types of Claims
  6. Types of Proof
  7. The Fallacies and Ethical Argument
  8. Multimodal Argument
  9. Rogerian Argument and Common Ground
  10. Review Synthesis of Argument Strategies
  11. The Research Paper: Planning, Research, and Invention
  12. The Research Paper: Using Sources, Writing, and Revising
  13. Argument and Literature
  14. Summary Charts: Synthesis of Chapters
  15. Families and Personal Relationships
  16. Modern Technology
  17. Education and Learning
  18. Race, Culture, Identity
  19. The Environment and Sustainability
  20. Privacy and Security
  21. War and Peace

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