Through 28 different informal fallacies, The Art of Argument helps them learn to discern which arguments are valid and which are not.
Click HERE to view a sample of the student text.
The student text is in paperback, workbook form; 230 pages including the glossary.Each chapter offers illustrations, examples, review questions, and sometimes advertisements, dialogue, and other real-world examples.
The 28 fallacies are divided amongst 3 unit and 6 chapters.
Unit 1: Relevance
Chapter 1: Ad Fontem Arguments
Fallacy 1: Ad Hominem Abusive
Fallacy 2: Ad Hominem Circumstantial
Fallacy 3: Tu Quoque
Fallacy 4: Genetic Fallacy
Chapter 2: Appeals to Emotion
Fallacy 5: Appeal to Fear (Argumentum Ad Baculum)
Fallacy 6: Appeal to Pity (Argumentum Ad Misericordiam)
Fallacy 7: Mob Appeal (Argumentum Ad Populum)
Fallacy 8: Snob Appeal
Fallacy 9: Appeal to Illegitimate Authority (Argumentum Ad Verecundiam)
Fallacy 10: Chronological Snobbery
Chapter 3: Red Herrings
Fallacy 11: Appeal to Ignorance
Fallacy 12: Irrelevant Goals or Functions
Fallacy 13: Irrelevant Thesis
Fallacy 14: Straw Man Fallacy
Unit 2: Presumptions
Chapter 4: Fallacies of presupposition
Fallacy 15: Begging the Question (Petitio Principii)
Fallacy 16: Bifurcation (False Dilemma)
Fallacy 17: Fallacy of Moderation
Fallacy 18: Is-Ought Fallacy
Fallacy 19: Fallacy of Composition
Fallacy 20: Fallacy of Division
Chapter 5: Fallacies of Induction
Fallacy 21: Sweeping Generalization (Accident)
Fallacy 22: Hasty Generalization (Converse Accident)
Fallacy 23: False Analogy
Fallacy 24: False Cause
Fallacy 25: Fake Precision
Unit 3: Clarity
Chapter 6: Fallacies of Clarity
Fallacy 26: Equivocation
Fallacy 27: Accent
Fallacy 28: Distinction Without a Difference
The text features a variety of:
- Real-World Applications
- Phony Advertisements
- Dialectic Discussion Questions
- Fun extras such as a skit, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Election” for students to perform, and the famous short story, Love is a Fallacy by Max Shulman
- Improved chapter and unit organization for greater ease of use
- Ten new and revised advertisement illustrations
- Many added and updated examples
- Fallacy explanations rewritten for clarity
The Teacher’s Edition is in paperback form; 286 pages. It includes the entire student text, answers to all the questions, and chapter and unit tests. I really like that the entire student text is included, as it allows me to easily follow along with my daugter. Click HERE to see a sample.
Here is a video sample of what the DVD is like.
My oldest daughter (8th grade) has enjoyed the program so far. It is very thorough and contains a LOT of information. She completes a few pages a day, as this is what works best for our schedule.
The Art of Argument Student text is available for $21.95, Teacher Guide is $24.95, and the DVD disk set is $54.95. The Bundle Set is available for $88.95 which includes the Teacher's Guide, Student Text, as well as the DVD disk set.
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I received the student text, teacher's guide, and a sample DVD from Classical Academic Press free of cost in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.