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Everything's an Argument's unique, student-centered approach to teaching argument has made it the best-selling brief argument text on the market. The book's engaging, informal style shows students first how to read and analyze a wide range of argumentative texts — verbal and visual, scholarly and "real world" — and then how to use what they learn to write their own arguments. Andrea Lunsford and John Ruszkiewicz's instruction is fresh, elegant, and jargon-free, emphasizing inclusivity (moving beyond simple pro/con positions), humor, and visual argument to make Everything's an Argument immediately accessible. Students like this book because it helps them see and understand that a world of argument already surrounds them; instructors like it because it helps students construct their own arguments about that world.

About the Author

ANDREA A. LUNSFORD is professor of English at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of the CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin's, she is the author of the St. Martin's Handbook (2007); Easy Writer (2006); The Everyday Writer (2005); The Presence of Others (2004), with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything's an Argument with Readings (2007), with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters.

JOHN J. RUSZKIEWICZ is professor of rhetoric and composition and director of the division of rhetoric and composition at the University of Texas at Austin. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is the author of The Presence of Others (2004), with Andrea Lunsford; and Everything's an Argument with Readings (2007), with Andrea Lunsford and Keith Walters.

Table of Contents

PART I. READING ARGUMENTS

1. Everything Is an Argument

           *NOT JUST WORDS

Purposes Of Argument

        Arguments to Inform

        Arguments to Convince

        Arguments to Explore

        Arguments to Make Decisions

        Arguments to Meditate or Pray

Occasions for Argument

        Arguments About the Past

        Arguments About the Future

        Arguments About the Present

            CULTURAL CONTEXTS FOR ARGUMENT

Kinds of Argument

        Arguments of Fact — Did Something Happen?

        Arguments of Definition — What Is the Nature of the Thing?

        Arguments of Evaluation — What Is the Quality of the Thing?

        Proposal Arguments — What Actions Should Be Taken?

    *Stasis Questions at Work

    *Audiences for Arguments

             *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT... 

    *Appealing to Audiences

        *Emotional Appeals

        *Ethical Appeals

        *Logical Appeals

        *Arguments and their Rhetorical Situations

        Respond

2. Arguments from the Heart

             *NOT JUST WORDS

Understanding How Emotional Arguments Work

Using Emotions to Build Bridges

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARUMENT...

Using Emotions to Sustain an Argument

Using Humor

Using Arguments from the Heart

        Respond

3. Arguments Based on Character

            *NOT JUST WORDS

Understanding How Arguments Based on Character Work

Claiming Authority

            CULTURAL CONTEXTS FOR ARGUMENT

Establishing Credibility

*Coming Clean about Motives

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

        Respond

4. Arguments Based on Facts and Reason

            *NOT JUST WORDS

Hard Evidence

Reason and Common Sense

Logical Structures for Argument

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

        Respond

*5. Thinking Rhetorically

*Composing a Rhetorical Analysis

*Understanding the Purpose of An Argument

*Understanding What Makes an Argument

*Identifying and Appealing to Audiences

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

*Examining Arguments from the Heart: Pathos

*Examining Arguments Based On Character

*Examining Arguments Based On Fact And Reason

*Examining The Shape and Media of Arguments

            *NOT JUST WORDS

*Looking at Style

*Examining A Rhetorical Analysis

        Derek Bok, Protecting Freedom of Expression at Harvard

        Milena Ateya, A Curse and a Blessing

*Guide to Writing a Rhetorical Analysis

        *Finding a Topic

        *Researching Your Topic

        *Formulating a Claim

        *Examples of Possible Claims for a Rhetorical Analysis

        *Preparing a Proposal

        *Thinking about Content and Organization

        *Getting and Giving Response

        *Respond

PART II. WRITING ARGUMENTS

6. Structuring Arguments

              *NOT JUST WORDS

Toulmin Argument

            CULTURAL CONTEXTS FOR ARGUMENT

*Outline of a Toulmin Argument

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

A Toulmin Analysis

        Alan M. Dershowitz, Testing Speech Codes

*What Toulmin Teaches

Beyond Toulmin

        Respond

*7. Arguments of Fact

*Understanding Arguments of Fact

             *NOT JUST WORDS

*Characterizing Factual Arguments

*Developing a Factual Argument

        *Identifying an Issue

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

*Key Features of Factual Arguments

*Guide to Writing an Argument of Fact

        *Finding a Topic

        *Researching a Topic

         *Formulating a Hypothesis

         *Examples of Arguable Factual Claims

        *Preparing a Proposal

        *Thinking about Organization

        *Getting and Giving Response

        *Respond

*Two Sample Factual Arguments

        *Michael Osofsky, "The Psychological Experience of Security Officers Who Work With Executions"

        *FactCheck.Org, "Abortion Distortions"

8. Arguments of Definition

            *NOT JUST WORDS

Understanding Argumentsof Definition

Kinds of Definition

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

Developing a Definitional Argument

Key Features of Definitional Arguments

Guide to Writing an Argument of Definition

        Respond

Two Sample Definitional Arguments

        Sayoh Mansaray, "The Offbeat Allure of Cult Films"

        Lynn Peril, "Pink Think"

9. Evaluations

Understanding Evaluations

Criteria of Evaluations

Characterizing Evaluation

            *NOT JUST WORDS

Developing an Evaluative Argument

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

Key Features of Evaluations

Guide to Writing an Evaluative Argument

        Respond

Two Sample Evaluations

        Nisey Williams, "Why I Hate Britney"

        *Jon Pareles, "The Case Against Coldplay"

10. Causal Arguments

Understanding Causal Arguments

Characterizing Causal Arguments

            *NOT JUST WORDS

Developing Causal Arguments

            *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

Key Features of Causal Arguments

Guide to Writing a Causal Argument

        Respond

Two Sample Causal Arguments

        La Donna Beatty, "What Makes a Serial Killer?"

        *Dana Gioia, "Why Literature Matters"

11. Proposals

Understanding and Categorizing Proposals

*Proposals about Practices

*Proposals about Policies

Characterizing Proposals

Developing Proposals

Key Features of Proposals

Guide to Writing a Proposal

        Respond

            *NOT JUST WORDS

             *IF EVERYTHINGS AN ARGUMENT...

Two Sample Proposals

        *Manasi Deshpande, "A Call to Improve Campus Accessibility for the Mobility Impaired"

        *P.J. ORourke, "Mass Transit Hysteria"

PART III. STYLE AND DELIVERY IN ARGUMENTS

*12. Style and Argument

            *NOT JUST WORDS

*Style and Word Choice

*Sentence Structure And Argument

*Punctuation and Argument

Tropes

Schemes

Dangers of Unduly Slanted Language

        Respond

13. Humor In Arguments

Understanding Humor as Argument

Characterizing Kinds of Humor

Developing Humorous Arguments

Key Features of Humorous Arguments

        Respond

14. Visual Arguments

The Power of Visual Arguments

Shaping The Message

Achieving Visual Literacy

Analyzing Visual Elements of Arguments

Using Visuals in Your Own Arguments

        Respond

*15. Presenting Arguments

*Print Presentations

*Oral/Multimedia Presentations

The Role of Visuals in Oral/Multimedia Arguments

*Web-Based Presentations

        *Respond

PART IV. CONVENTIONS OF ARGUMENT

16. What Counts as Evidence

Evidence and the Rhetorical Situation

Firsthand Evidence and Research

            CULTURAL CONTEXTS FOR ARGUMENT

Secondhand Evidence and Research

*Two Important Distinctions

Some Questions for Beginning Research

Using Evidence Effectively

        Respond

17. Fallacies of Argument

Flashpoints of Emotional Argument

Scare Tactics

Either-Or Choices

Slippery Slope

Sentimental Appeals

Bandwagon Appeals

Flashpoints of Ethical Argument

Appeals to False Authority

Dogmatism

Moral Equivalence

Ad Hominem Arguments

Flashpoints of Logical Argument

Hasty Generalization

Faulty Causality

Begging the Question

Equivocation

Non Sequitur

Faulty Analogy

        Respond

18. Intellectual Property, Academic Integrity, and Avoiding Plagiarism

Crediting Sources in Arguments

Citing Sources and Recognizing Plagiarism

Inaccurate or Incomplete Citation of Sources

Acknowledging Your Use of Sources

            CULTURAL CONTEXTS FOR ARGUMENT

Using Copyrighted Internet Sources

Acknowledging Collaboration

        Respond

19. Evaluating and Using Sources

Evaluating Sources

Using Sources

Cultural Contexts for Argument

        Respond

20. Documenting Sources

MLA Style

        Sample First Page for an Essay In MLA Style

        Sample List of Works Cited for an Essay in MLA Style

APA Style

        Respond

 
* new to this edition

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312447496
Author:
Lunsford, Andrea A
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Author:
Lunsford, Andrea A.
Author:
Ruszkiewicz, John J.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Rhetoric
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Edition Description:
Fourth Edition
Publication Date:
20061117
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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