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February 2019 | 348 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Argumentation in Everyday Life provides students with the tools they need to argue effectively in the classroom and beyond. Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury provides rich coverage of theory while balancing everyday applicability, allowing students to use their skills soundly. Drury introduces the fundamentals of  constructing and refuting arguments using the Toulmin model and ARG conditions (Acceptability, Relevance, and Grounds). He also provides a grounded framework for the theories of rhetoric and argumentation discussed by linking them to real-world examples throughout the text in order to demonstrate how these tools may be used in personal, civic, and professional contexts, as well as traditional academic debates.
 
Part I: A Framework for Argumentation and Debate
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate
Argument, Debate, and Controversy  
Why Study Argumentation?  
Audiences and Co-Arguers  
Spheres of Argument  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 2: The Debate Situation
Arguments  
A Proposition  
Issues  
The Debate Situation  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 3: Argumentation Ethics & Stances
Argumentation and Debate Ethics  
Argumentation Stances  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Part II: Constructing Arguments
 
Chapter 4: Understanding Arguments Structures
Formal Logic vs. Everyday Argumentation  
Strategies for Identifying Arguments  
Strategies for Understanding Arguments  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 5: Effectively Supporting Claims
The Allure of “Evidence” and the Significance of “Support”  
Gathering and Testing Information  
Types of Support  
Strategies for Using Support  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 6: Common Argument Types
Applying the Types of Argument in Everyday Life  
Argument from Classification  
Argument from Generalization  
Argument from Cause and Consequence  
Argument from Sign  
Argument from Analogy  
Argument from Authority  
Additional Argument Types  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 7: Building Effective Cases
Debating Fact Propositions  
Debating Value Propositions  
Debating Policy Propositions  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Part III: Contesting Arguments
 
Chapter 8: Generating Productive Clash
A Productive Posture for Clash  
Anticipation  
Refutation  
Ending Productively  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 9: Evaluating Arguments & Cases
The A Condition: Acceptability  
The R Condition: Relevance  
The G Condition: Sufficient Grounds  
Applying the ARG Conditions through Refutation  
Argument Fallacies & the ARG Conditions  
Evaluating Cases & Controversies with the ARG Conditions  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 10: Evaluating Argument Types
Evaluating Argument from Classification  
Evaluating Argument from Generalization  
Evaluating Argument from Cause and Consequence  
Evaluating Argument from Sign  
Evaluating Argument from Analogy  
Evaluating Argument from Authority  
Uncovering the ARG Conditions in Everyday Argumentations  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Part IV: Applied Argumentation And Debate
 
Chapter 11: Crafting Verbal and Oral Arguments
Audience Analysis and Adaptation  
Style  
Oral Delivery  
Summary  
Application Exercises  
 
Chapter 12: Formats for Everyday Public Argumentation
Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor  
Public Online Argumentation  
Public Deliberation  
Summary  
 
Appendix I: Formats for Academic and Competitive Debate
Parliamentary Debate  
Policy Debate  
A Note about Notetaking (or “Flowing”)  
Moot Court  
 
Appendix II: Build Your Skill Answers
 
Appendix III: Glossary of Terms

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