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Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings

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The unique collaborative effort of a distinguished interdisciplinary team — a professor of English and a professor of philosophy — Current Issues and Enduring Questions is a balanced and flexible book that provides the benefit of the authors dual expertise in effective persuasive writing and rigorous critical thinking. Its comprehensive coverage of classic and contemporary approaches to argument includes Aristotle, Toulmin, and a range of alternative views, making it an extraordinarily versatile text. Readings on contemporary controversies (including the purpose of a college education, immigration, a peacetime draft, and obesity) and classic philosophical questions (such as, "How free is the will of the individual?") are sure to spark student interest and lively discussion and writing. Refined through seven widely adopted previous editions, it has been revised to address current student interests and trends in argument, research, and writing, and has been updated with compelling new topics and readings and more on analyzing visuals and presenting oral arguments. No other text and reader offers such an extensive resource for teaching argument.

About the Author

Sylvan Barnet, professor of English and former director of writing at Tufts University, is the most prolific and consistently successful college English textbook author of the past 30 years. His several texts on writing and his numerous anthologies for introductory composition and literature courses have remained leaders in their field through many editions.

Hugo Bedau, professor of philosophy at Tufts University, has served as chair of the philosophy department and chair of the universitys committee on College Writing. An internationally respected expert on the death penalty, and on moral, legal, and political philosophy, he has written or edited a number of books on these topics. He is the author of Thinking and Writing about Philosophy, Second Edition (Bedford/St. Martins).

Table of Contents

 
PART I. CRITICAL THINKING AND READING

1. Critical Thinking

Thinking About Drivers Licenses and Photographic Identification

Thinking About Another Issue Concerning Drivers Licenses: Imagination, Analysis, Evaluation

Writing as a Way of Thinking

A CHECKLIST FOR CRITICAL THINKING

A Short Essay Illustrating Critical Thinking

Alan Dershowitz, Why Fear National ID Cards?

Examining Assumptions

A CHECKLIST FOR EXAMINING ASSUMPTIONS

]Thinking about Wild Horses

]Deanne Stillman, Last Roundup for Wild Horses

A CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATING LETTERS OF RESPONSE

Letters of Response By Holly Williams and Tom Burke

]Luke Saginaw (Student Essay), Why Flag-Burning Should Not Be Permitted

Five Exercises in Critical Thinking

2. Critical Reading: Getting Started

Active Reading

Previewing

Skimming: Finding the Thesis

Reading With A Pencil: Underlining, Highlighting, Annotating

ÒThis; Therefore, ThatÓ

First, Second, and Third Thoughts

Summarizing and Paraphrasing

]A Note About Paraphrase and Plagiarism

]Last Words (Almost) About Summarizing

Susan Jacoby, A First Amendment Junkie

Summarizing Jacoby, Paragraph by Paragraph

A CHECKLIST FOR GETTING STARTED

]Gwen Wilde (Student Essay), Why the Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Revised

A Casebook for Critical Reading: Should Some Kinds of Speech Be Censored?

Susan Brownmiller, Lets Put Pornography Back In the Closet

Charles R. Lawrence III, On Racist Speech

Derek Bok, Protecting Freedom of Expression on the Campus

]Stanley Fish, Conspiracy Theories

]Letters of Response By Jonah Seligman, Richard DiMatteo, Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Joseph Kyle, and Patrick Ward

Jean Kilbourne, "Own This Child"

Exercise: Letter to the Editor

3. Critical Reading: Getting Deeper Into Arguments

Persuasion, Argument, Dispute

Reason Versus Rationalization

Some Procedures in Argument

Definition

Assumptions

Premises and Syllogisms

Deduction

Sound Arguments

Induction

Evidence

Examples

Authoritative Testimony

Statistics

A CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATING STATISTICAL EVIDENCE

Nonrational Appeals

Satire

Irony

Sarcasm

Humor

Emotional Appeals

Does All Writing Contain Arguments?

A CHECKLIST FOR ANALYZING AN ARGUMENT

An Example: An Argument and a Look at the Writers Strategies

George F. Will, Being Green at Ben and Jerrys

George F. Willss Strategies

Arguments for Analysis

Gloria Jiminez (Student Essay), Against the Odds, and Against the Common Good

Anna Lisa Raya (Student Essay), Its Hard Enough Being Me

Ronald Takaki, The Harmful Myth of Asian Superiority

James Q. Wilson, Just Take Away Their Guns

]Nadya Labi, Classrooms for Sale

]Nadine Strossen, Everyone Is Watching You

]E-Mail Responses to Nadine Strossen

]Sally Satel, Deaths Waiting List

]Letters of Response By Dorothy H. Hayes, Charles B. Fruit, and Michelle Goodwin

]Paul Kane, A Peaceful Call to Arms

]Letters of Response By Julie E. Dinnerstein, Murray Polner, Joan Z. Greiner, and Joshua Zimmerman

4. Visual Rhetoric: Images As Arguments

Some Uses of Images

Appeals to the Eye

Are Some Images Not Fit to Be Shown?

Exercises: Thinking About Images

Reading Advertisements

A CHECKLIST FOR ANALYZING IMAGES (ESPECIALLY ADVERTISEMENTS)

]Writing About a Political Cartoon

]A CHECKLIST FOR ANALYZING POLITICAL CARTOONS

]Jackson Smith (Student Essay), Pledging Nothing?

Visuals as Aids to Clarity: Maps, Graphs, Tables, and Pie Charts

]A CHECKLIST FOR CHARTS AND GRAPHS

A Note on Using Visuals in Your Own Paper

A Note on Formatting Your Paper: Document Design

Additional Images for Analysis

Nora Ephron, The Boston Photographs

PART II. CRITICAL WRITING

5. Writing An Analysis of An Argument

Analyzing An Argument

Examining The Authors Thesis

Examining The Authors Purpose

Examining The Authors Methods

Examining The Authors Persona

Summary

]A CHECKLIST FOR ANALYZING A TEXT

]An Argument, Its Elements, and a Students Analysis of the Argument

]Nicholas D. Kristof, For Environmental Balance, Pick Up a Rifle

]Betsy Swinton (Student Essay), Tracking Kristof

]An Analysis of the Students Analysis

A CHECKLIST FOR WRITING AN ANALYSIS OF AN ARGUMENT

Arguments for Analysis

Jeff Jacoby, Bring Back Flogging

John Irving, Wrestling with Title IX

Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

6. Developing an Argument of Your Own

Planning, Drafting, and Revising an Argument

]A CHECKLIST FOR A THESIS STATEMENT

Getting Ideas

The Thesis

Imagining an Audience

The Audience as Collaborator

]A CHECKLIST FOR IMAGINING AN AUDIENCE

The Title

The Opening Paragraphs

Organizing and Revising the Body of the Essay

The Ending

Two Uses of an Outline

Tone and the Writers Persona

We, One, or I?

Avoiding Sexist Language

A CHECKLIST FOR ATTENDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE AUDIENCE

Peer Review

A PEER REVIEW CHECKLIST FOR A DRAFT OF AN ARGUMENT

A Students Essay, from Rough Notes to Final Version

Emily Andrews, Why I Dont Spare "Spare Change"

The Essay Analyzed

Exercise

7. Using Sources

Why Use Sources?

Choosing a Topic

Finding Material

A Word about Wikipedia

Interviewing Peers and Local Authorities

Finding Quality Information on the Web

Finding Articles Using Library Databases

]Locating Books

Evaluating Your Sources

A CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATING PRINT SOURCES

Taking Notes

A CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATING ELECTRONIC SOURCES

A Note on Plagiarizing, Paraphrasing, and Using Common Knowledge

A CHECKLIST FOR AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

Compiling an Annotated Bibliography

Writing the Paper

Organizing Your Notes

The First Draft

Later Drafts

Choosing a Tentative Title

The Final Draft

Quoting from Sources

The Use and Abuse of Quotations

 
How to Quote

]A CHECKLIST FOR USING QUOTATIONS RATHER THAN SUMMARIES

Documentation

A Note on Footnotes (and Endnotes)

MLA Format: Citations Within the Text

MLA Format: the List of Works Cited

APA Format: Citations Within the Text

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312459864
Subtitle:
A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Author:
Bedau, Hugo
Author:
Badau, Hugo
Author:
Barnet, Sylvan
Subject:
Readers
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Reasoning
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Social ethics
Edition Description:
Eighth Edition
Publication Date:
20070709
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
992
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.00 in

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