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!

Supporting Arguments

Supporting Arguments

During a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum took issue with President Obama’s comment that a college education should be within everyone’s reach by proclaiming, “President Obama once said he wants everyone in America to go to college. What a snob.”1 Calling Santorum’s claim that Obama is a snob a reasoned argument would be a charitable description. What Santorum offers is an assertion—“something declared or stated positively, often with no support or attempt at proof.”2

We have suggested that there is a difference between opinion and informed opinion. The latter is a judgment justified by pointing to the ...

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