Arguing with People

Arguing with People

By: Michael A. Gilbert (author)Paperback

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In Arguing with People, Michael A. Gilbert shows how recent developments in the field of Argumentation Theory have bearing on the arguments we encounter in everyday life. Research that had previously been restricted to scholarly journals and monographs is made accessible and, more importantly, useful to the reader. Gilbert emphasises the value of understanding context, understanding who you are arguing with and knowing how to use that information to fruitfully settle disagreements.

This book expands the argumentative toolkit and shows how often-neglected skills such as empathy and tone can be applied to the hurly-burly contexts of real arguing. Interesting examples and sample dialogues are provided to demonstrate tangible ways in which the book's lessons can be applied. Partner exercises provide opportunities to role-play and practise the interpersonal skills developed throughout the book.

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About Author

Michael A. Gilbert is Professor of Philosophy at York University and author of several books, including How to Win an Argument and Coalescent Argumentation, as well as the novels Office Party and Yellow Angel.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: All About Arguments
  • 1. About Arguments
  • 2. The Stages of Argument
  • 3. Kinds of Argument
  • 4. Polemics vs. Argument
  • Chapter 2: All About Arguers
  • 1. Who Do We Argue With?
  • 2. Argument Modes
  • 3. Coalescence
  • 4. Argumentativeness and Aggressivity
  • 5. Gender and Argument
  • Chapter 3: Arguing with People
  • 1. Heuristic, Ethos, Audience
  • 2. Watching the Process
  • 3. The most Important Belief You Can Have
  • 4. Descriptive vs. Normative
  • 5. The Rules
  • 6. Coalescent Argument
  • 7. Arguing Well
  • Exercises
  • Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/07/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781554811700
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 130
  • ID: 9781554811700
  • weight: 200
  • ISBN10: 1554811708

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