A practical blueprint for constructive conflict resolution Argumentation: The Art of Civil Advocacy teaches students the principles of argumentation as a practical way to engage in interpersonal and public deliberation. Authors Larry Underberg and Heather Norton offer a unique approach for creating civil discourse by encouraging students to consider how they argue with others to enhance or diminish opportunities for future dialogue. A variety of everyday examples are provided in the text to demonstrate how well-reasoned argumentation can strengthen communities and create productive citizenship. Students gain a better understanding for the situations, environments, and relationships that form the context for an advocate, and how those factors can influence discourse. Instructors, sign in at study.sagepub.com/Underberg for test banks, PowerPoint® slides, and more!

The Process of Argument

The Process of Argument

This is a book about how we argue. If your initial reaction is to be apprehensive at the thought of arguing, we understand. Popular use of the term argument associates it with the loud, aggressive, and unreasonable behavior that we all too frequently witness from politicians, media pundits, or those noisy neighbors working their way toward a disturbing-the-peace complaint. Those are fights, not arguments. We invite you to consider a more productive alternative in which people exchange information or explore alternatives (argue) without malice. We actually engage in argument rather routinely, whether we recognize these interactions as arguments or not. Every day, friends and family members disagree about decisions—big and small—and work it out. Someone proposes a ...

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