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A Rulebook for Arguments
Arguments aren't simply disagreements, but propositions. An argument is any point that is being made. It need not be a negative or hostile point.
I recently re-read a little book by Anthony Weston called, A Rulebook for Arguments. It appears he published the first edition in 1986. I have the third edition published in 2000.
The book is short; a mere 85 pages but it is packed full of useful examples of proper argumentation. Weston breaks those examples down into 30 "rules". Those rules are as follows:
Following these rules is good advice whether you are trying to make a deep theological or philosophical point or you are making a sales pitch at work.
Further adding to Weston's rules; I suggest you take a look at a list of fallacies. Fallacies, simply put are ways of argumentation that are often subjective or loaded, thus often a less "logical" way to argue. I often find a few particular opponents using the Social Conformance fallacy against me. :-) I think they just want me to shut up. Here is a list of common fallacies.
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