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!

Responding to Arguments

Responding to Arguments

To this point, our attention has focused significant consideration on how one might productively argue. The process begins with a proper mind-set, requires honest self-appraisal (credibility and potential bias) by the advocate, attends to audience disposition, offers reasonable arguments that are logically and emotionally compelling, utilizes quality outside support, and ends with a presentation that is stylistically sound. At first glance, it may appear that we take the perspective that the reader is always the advocate, preparing to initiate an argumentative exchange. We are really co-advocates, involved in give-and-take, so we alternate roles between advocate and audience (receiver) in the process. The material in this text is equally valuable in both roles. This chapter assumes command of the previous ...

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