Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments, 7th edition

  • Lester Faigley, 
  • Jack Selzer

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Nothing you learn in college will prove to be more important than the ability to create an effective argument. That's the philosophy embodied in Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments. The text is an argument rhetoric/reader which avoids complicated schemes and terminology in favor of providing you with practical ways of finding "good reasons" to argue for the positions you choose to take. To maximize your engagement, the author's employ lively, nontechnical language, an attractive visual design, numerous examples, and provocative readings.

The revised 7th Edition includes new chapters, more than 40 new readings, and new case studies, as well as a new emphasis on inquiry as an important aspect of argument. New projects at the end of the chapters in Part 3 offer practice with each argument strategy and development of persuasive essays and multimedia texts.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2018

ISBN-13: 9780137529261

Subject: Composition

Category: Argument



  1. Making an Effective Argument
  2. Reading Arguments
  3. Finding Arguments
  4. Drafting Arguments
  5. Revising and Editing Arguments


  1. Analyzing Written Arguments
  2. Analyzing Visual and Multimedia Arguments


  1. Definition Arguments
  2. Causal Arguments
  3. Evaluation Arguments
  4. Narrative Arguments
  5. Rebuttal Arguments
  6. Proposal Arguments


  1. Designing Multimedia Arguments
  2. Presenting Arguments


  1. Planning Research
  2. Finding Sources
  3. Evaluating and Recording Sources
  4. Writing the Research Project
  5. Documenting Sources in MLA Style
  6. Documenting Sources in APA Style


  1. Sustainability
  2. City Life
  3. Education
  4. Science and Ethics
  5. Regulating Substances, Regulating Bodies
  6. Brave New Gadgets

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