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A Rulebook for Arguments has ratings and reviews. Kirstine said: If you want to be good at arguing, this book is for you. I read it all in one. A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct introduction to the art of writing and assessing arguments, organized around specific rules, each illustrated and. Short Arguments: Some General Rules Arguments begin by marshaling reasons and organizing them in a clear and fair way. Chapter I offers general rules for.

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A rulebook for arguments [electronic resource] / Anthony Weston. – Version details – Trove

This book is a good refresher while only packing less than pages. Access Conditions Access restricted to authenticated library users. Arguments and debates might actually be productive if people abided by the rules presented in this rulebook. However, I was expecting a little bit more depth. Concise and very well presented.

Apr 01, Ahmad Hossam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second part of the book is about long arguments.

Dec 12, Todd Cambio rated it really liked it. It’s an ok resource to have, has the most important information needed and it’s quite concise.

Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments – PhilPapers

The author compares his book to Strunk and White on writing well on the last page of his book, and he is probably right. My library Help Advanced Book Search. First part of the book is about short arguments. Lists What are lists? Short with a good overview over the most important topics regarding argumentation.


It really undermines the purpose of the book. I will always get back to this until I remember all the rules and master it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Medium [electronic resource] Physical Description xiv, 88 p. A Theory of Legal Reasoning. Towards the end he even reproduces two not-so short notes he wrote on ethics and Descartes to give the reader a sense of how even professional writers make mistakes, like, for instance, being overly repetitive.

No forms of cognitive bias were included. It is short, well-written and concise, so it’s fast to read. The fourth edition offers a revamped and more tightly focused approach to extended arguments, a new chapter on oral arguments, and updated examples and topics throughout. It is through others’ eyes that you can see best where you are unclear or hasty of just plain implausible.

Rhetoric and the Rule of Law: It got to be pretty annoying to see certain viewpoints repeatedly used to demonstrate invalid arguments.

If you’re looking for something with more substance and logic isn’t completely unfamiliar to you, I think this book will provide very little value. It is generally persuasive in style, or at least should be, and should reasonably follow standards of logic or critical thinking. The author claims that this book is designed to fulfill a need for a “rulebook” vs. Rather, argument refers to reasoning and rhetoric.


An excellent book about making logical statements. From starting with premises, testing them, considering multiple perspectives, different types of evidence, and logic.

A Rulebook for Arguments

The sob stories ‘appealing to pity as an argument for special treatment. It also explains types of deductive arguments which I got a brief introduction to through CrashCourse Philosophy, but this book goes into a lot more detail.

The book should be read through one time and then referred to often when analyzing or building arguments. It’s organized so that each “rule” can be referenced by number, grouped according to topic. This could be effective for a class or prolonged study aa this material, but I’m not sure I would recommend it beyond a high school level and, at the same time, I’m not sure I would recommend it to high school students either because of the content of some of the examples – one of which is about having sex in space.

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