By Anthony Weston, David R. Morrow
This booklet builds on Anthony Weston's Rulebook for Arguments to supply a whole textbook for a path in serious considering or casual good judgment.
The workbook comprises the full textual content of the fourth variation of the Rulebook, whereas supplementing this middle textual content with large extra motives and workouts: homework routines tailored from quite a lot of genuine arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, videos, YouTube movies, and different resources; sensible suggestion to assist scholars be triumphant whilst making use of the Rulebook's principles to the examples within the homework routines; feedback for extra perform, outlining actions that scholars can do by means of themselves or with classmates to enhance their serious considering talents, or pointing them to on-line assets to do an analogous; and, unique directions for in-class actions and take-home assignments designed to interact scholars in serious thinking.It additionally contains an appendix on mapping arguments, giving scholars an effective advent to this important ability in comparing or developing advanced and multi-step arguments, in addition to version solutions to odd-numbered difficulties, together with commentaries at the strengths and weaknesses of chosen pattern solutions and additional dialogue of a few of the important highbrow, philosophical, or moral concerns they increase.
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This is not the result of older people generally being more interested in politics than younger people. Opinion polls from the 1940s through the mid-1970s show that younger people used to be at least as well informed about politics as the older people of their time were. Adapted from: Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000), 36 7. All cars should have a spear mounted on the steering wheel, aimed directly at the driver’s chest. After all, we should do everything we can to encourage cautious driving.
NO: When you learn about other cultures, you start to realize the variety of human customs. This new understanding of the diversity of social practices may give you a new appreciation of other ways of life. Therefore, studying anthropology tends to make you more tolerant. YES: When you learn about other cultures, you start to realize the variety of human customs. When you start to realize the variety of human customs, you tend to become more tolerant. Therefore, when you learn about other cultures, you tend to become more tolerant.
But suppose the examples are accurate. Even then, generalizing from them is a tricky business. The rules in this chapter offer a short checklist for assessing arguments by example. 38 Rule 7: Use more than one example A single example can sometimes be used for the sake of illustration. The example of Juliet alone might illustrate early marriage. But a single example offers next to no support for a generalization. Juliet alone may just be an exception. One spectacularly miserable billionaire does not prove that rich people in general are unhappy.
A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking by Anthony Weston, David R. Morrow