Argumentation and Critical Decision Making, 8th edition

  • Richard Rieke Rieke, 
  • Malcolm O Sillars, 
  • Tarla Rai Peterson

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Argumentation and Critical Decision Making helps you develop practical argumentation skills. The text examines the principles of argument and then applies those principles to various arenas -- law, science, religion, business, government and politics -- to demonstrate how it plays out in the real world.

Published by Pearson (July 26th 2021) - Copyright © 2013

ISBN-13: 9780137617784

Subject: Communication

Category: Communication Styles & Methods

Table of contents

Table of Contents

  • Preface

Part One Principles

  1. Defining Argumentation
    • Elements of Argumentation
    • Elements of Critical Decision Making
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  2. Appraising Argumentation
    • Argumentation and Being Reasonable
    • The Bases of Reason in Argumentation
    • Starting Points for Argumentation
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  3. Making Sense of Argumentation
    • Some Ways of Making Sense
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  4. The Nature of Arguments
    • The Model of an Argument
    • Reasoning Processes
    • Definitions as Argument
    • The Analysis of Arguments
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  5. Analysis in Argumentation
    • Critical Analysis to Find a Proposition
    • Critical Analysis of a Proposition
    • Analysis of Claims
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  6. Case Building
    • Preliminary Steps in Case Building
    • Developing a Convincing Vision
    • Communication to Specific Decision Makers
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises

Part Two Tools

  1. Support: Evidence
    • Forms of Evidence
    • General Principles for the Use of Evidence
    • Sphere Dependence of Evidence
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  2. Support: Values
    • Characteristics of Values
    • Values Appear in Systems
    • Values Define Ethics
    • General Principles for the Use of Values
    • Sphere Dependence of Values
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  3. Support: Credibility
    • Characteristics of Credibility
    • Forms of Credibility
    • General Principles for the Use of Credibility
    • Sphere Dependence of Credibility
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  4. Refutation
    • The Process of Refutation
    • Approaching Refutation
    • Setting a Framework for Refutation
    • Selecting a Posture for Refutation
    • Communicating Refutation
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  5. Refutation by Fallacy Claims
    • Views of Fallacy
    • Social Guides to Fallacy Claims
    • Using Fallacy Claims in Refutation
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises

Part Three Applications

  1. Argumentation in Law
    • Narratives in Legal Argumentation
    • Arguments on the Law
    • Commonplaces in Legal Argumentation
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  2. Argumentation in Science
    • What is Science?
    • Scientific Values
    • The Tradition of Argumentation in Science
    • Scientific Use of Argument Types
    • Scientific Use of Evidence
    • Scientific Method as Argument
    • Conclusion
    • Project s/Exercises
  3. Argumentation in Religion
    • Major Questions in Religious Argumentation
    • Evidence in Religious Argumentation
    • Preferred Argument Forms
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  4. Argumentation in Business
    • Starting Points for Business Argumentation
    • Forms of Support in Business Argumentation
    • Conclusion
    • Projects/Exercises
  5. Argumentation in Government and Politics
    • The Nature of Political Argumentation
    • Argumentation in Government and Politics
    • Argumentation in Legislative Action
    • Argumentation in Political Campaigns
    • The Special Role of Debates
    • Refutation in the Political Campaign




Name Index

Subject Index

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