Understanding Argument in a Post-Truth World
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Within the context of modern American society, readers learn how to sharpen their critical thinking skills, effectively contribute to civil discourse, and sift through the deluge of information available to them via the media, internet, news outlets, and more.
The book introduces readers to three major argument models—the Toulmin model, the stock issues model, and the narrative paradigm—and demonstrates how to apply them in real-world settings. They study deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning, the impact of logical fallacies on argument, refutation strategies and pitfalls, and how to assess bias.
Full of timely and valuable information, Understanding Argument in a Post-Truth World is an ideal textbook for courses in argumentation, civil discourse, and communication and critical thinking.
Ryan Galloway, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Debate, Samford University
“This very much feels like a book talking about the here and now as opposed to my current text which I have to work hard at showing how it relates to the here and now. … I can honestly say that in 17 years of teaching this course, I have never been as excited about a text.”
James Thompson, Dean of Instruction, Porterville College