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A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston

By Anthony Weston

A Rulebook for Arguments is a succinct creation to the paintings of writing and assessing arguments, geared up round particular ideas, each one illustrated and defined soundly yet in short. This broadly renowned primer - translated into 8 languages - is still the 1st selection in all disciplines for writers who search user-friendly assistance approximately the right way to determine arguments and the way to cogently build them.

The fourth version bargains a made over and extra tightly targeted method of prolonged arguments, a brand new bankruptcy on oral arguments, and up-to-date examples and issues all through.

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P ausanias, he said, opened the discussion something like this: "Well, gentlemen, what's the easiest way to handle the drinking? To tell the truth, I'm still in bad shape from yesterday and could use a little recuperation. I think you could too, since most of you were here. " Aristophanes, said Aristodemus, replied: "As you say, Pausanias-the easiest way. I was completely stupefied yes terday. " "I agree," said Eryximaches, son of Acumenus. "Now how about Agathon? " By presenting his prize-winning tragedy.

I take back what I said. Don't watch me; I'm nervous about my speech. " "You can't take a cheap shot at me and get away with it, Aristophanes. Watch what you say-I'll hold you responsible for it. " SPEECH OF ARISTOPHANES d e 190 b "Yes, Eryximachus, I will speak differently from you and Pausanias. You see, I don't think men realize the power of Love. If they did, they'd make him the fine temples, altars, and sacrifices he deserves, not neglect him as they do. Of all the gods Love is the most concerned for our welfare; he is our ally who heals those wounds which, if once cured, would bring mankind perfect happiness.

Chiefest of these is justice: Love, in his dealings with gods and men, neither wrongs nor is wronged in return. Passive, he's not passive by force-force may never touch Love-and active, all actively serve Love by consent, and what consenting parties consentingly do-that, says our law, the 'state's sovereign,'29 is just. "Besides being just, Love is aboundingly temperate. Temperance admittedly means mastery of desires and pleasures, than which none is stronger than Love. If stronger, the others, weaker, are mastered by Love; if mastered, Love must master, perforce, all desires and pleasures and so be immoderately temperate.

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