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Seeking Common Cause

Seeking Common Cause
Author: Diane Bennet Durkin - Lisa Gerrard
ISBN 13: 9780072442595
ISBN 10: 7244259
Edition: 1
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Publication Date: 2007-01-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 622
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Seeking Common Cause is a reader that defines argument as creating credibility. The authors encourage careful examination of writers' multiple perspectives and various strategies for drawing readers in. These strategies are what help readers see what the writer sees, and share views that they did not expect to share. The book emphasizes a form of argument in which writers synthesize points of view rather than polarize them. The authors aim to teach critical reading through empathy and belief rather than through disbelief and quick dismissal. For that reason, they rely less on legal logic—analysis through claim, evidence, and warrant—than on writing strategies for bringing about mutual consent.