The Shape of Reason Argumentative Writing in College, by Gage, John T.
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- ISBN: 9780321320773 | 0321320778
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 5/19/2005
This brief, rhetoric of argument teaches critical reading, informal reasoning, and writing as reasoned inquiry, and now features a new collection of student arguments. The Shape of Reasonemphasizes the enthymeme as the central basis for the invention and structuring of arguments. This approach blends classical insights into rhetorical reasoning with contemporary understandings of the composing process as generative and organic, situated within discourse communities. The book helps students understand argument as inquiry, stressing the responsibility that writers haveto their audience and to their own ideasin structuring arguments that earn their conclusions and in considering opposing arguments.