Advocacy and Opposition: An Introduction toArgumentation presents a comprehensive and practical approach to argumentation and critical thinking for the beginner who needs to construct and present arguments on questions of fact, value, and policy.
Advocacy and Opposition offers a theoretical view of the nature of argument in our society, a discussion of arguing as a form of communication, and a focus on how arguments are created using the Toulmin model of argument. By blending traditional and contemporary views on the nature of argument (including multicultural perspectives on the purpose and process of argument, ethics, and values), Advocacy and Opposition makes students more aware of both the development of theory and practice, providing a well-rounded approach to their study of argumentation.
Explains the essentials of theory and practice of argumentation as used in competitive debate, but for students who are not engaged in formal debate. Discusses such aspects as the nature of argument in US society, ethical principles of arguing as a form of communication, how arguments are created using the Toulmin model, and fact and value. Also appends rules and formats for use in formal debate courses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)