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ISBN-13: 978-0-9728457-2-4
E-book: 532 pages
Language: English
Published: First Edition (2008)


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The theory of arguments is developed as it was actually practiced by the early Greek probabilists. It is then illustrated by a number of examples of actual arguments. How does one handle facts, simple or complex, introduced by one’s opponent in an argument? How can one use antitheses and reversals in an argument? How does one handle analogies, or slippery slope arguments, or dilemmas? This book is addressed to persons who are interested in learning appropriate methods for handling ordinary catch-as-catch-can arguments that arise so often in the usual processes of exchanging opinions about the world and all that goes on within it.


"The stated goal of this book is to present the method of arguing. The first part leads the reader through the various meanings of the word argument, the history of arguments and arguments in the contemporary scene. The second part deal with language, words and logic, as they relate to arguments and arguing. The third part describes the explanation of facts, concepts, questions of value, as well as tactical traps to avoid in arguing. This amazingly detailed book will fascinate both scholars and newcomers to the field of argumentation. As a professional in engineering teaching, I can envision this book equally excellent as a course note for in-depth studies in argumentation and also as a refresher handbook for the simply curious minds. "

- Dr. Istvan Novak, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems

"David Miller’s three-part work, Everyday Arguments and the Theory of Argumentation, is a compelling scholarly contribution to the literature on logic and strategic thinking. Miller portrays the lineage associating logical thought, rhetoric, and argumentation more definitively than classics in the field, which this book surely will become.

I found the description of the classical history of argumentation quite relevant to the evolution of classroom methodology -- from the Socratic Method to discovery teaching and its contemporary version, constructivist methodology -- so much so, that I have selected Miller’s volumes as the principal resource for a doctoral course for educational leaders at Columbia University.

Combined with translations of Plato’s, Socratic Dialogues, Wertheimer’s, Productive Thinking, and Von Glasersfeld’s, Learning as Constructive Activity, Miller’s, Everyday Arguments and the Theory of Argumentation, provides an overarching background in logical thought rarely found in courses for professional educators. Richly elaborated by quotations, citations and references, Everyday Arguments and the Theory of Argumentation, has provided all scholars with an informative and erudite “read!”

Bruce R. Vogeli
Clifton Brewster Upton Professor
Teachers College/Columbia University