Request for consultation

Thanks for your request. You’ll soon be chatting with a consultant to get the answers you need.
{{formPostErrorMessage.message}} [{{formPostErrorMessage.code}}]
First Name is required. 'First Name' must contain at least 0 characters 'First Name' cannot exceed 0 characters Please enter a valid First Name
Last Name is required. 'Last Name' must contain at least 0 characters 'Last Name' cannot exceed 0 characters Please enter a valid Last Name
Institution is required.
Discipline is required.
Why are you contacting us today? is required. 'Why are you contacting us today?' must contain at least 0 characters 'Why are you contacting us today?' cannot exceed 0 characters Please enter a valid Why are you contacting us today?


This text introduces students to fundamental principles of argumentation and critical thinking and teaches them that argument is a part of everyday life. It draws on everyday experiences and examples to demonstrate principles of logic, forms of reasoning, propositions and stock issues, evidence, language, and refutation. It also addresses the use of the principles in contexts such as public communication, dyadic argumentation, and small group settings.

Jay VerLinden, Humboldt State University

Jay VerLinden is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Humboldt State University. He participated in competitive speech and debate through high school and college, and coached Forensics for 20 years before retiring from Forensics to become department chairman. He was the Director of Forensics at Wayne State College in Nebraska, Simpson College in Iowa, and Humboldt State University in California. He was the president of the Mid-America Forensics League and the Northern California Forensics Association. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
1. Argumentation.
2. Critical Thinking.
3. Ethics in Argumentation.
4. Introduction to Argumentative Fallacies.
5. Formal Logic: The Classical Structure of Arguments.
6. The Toulmin Model of Argumentation.
7. Forms of Reasoning.
8. Propositions and Stock Issues.
9. Evidence.
10. Language and Argumentation.
11. Refutation.
12. Persuasive Public Speaking.
13: Critical Listening.
14. Dyadic Argumentation.
15. Argumentation and Small Groups.
16. The Scientific Method and Critical Thinking.
Appendix: Secretary of State Colin Powell's Speech to the United Nations Security Council, February 5, 2003.
Glossary of Common Informal Fallacies.
Glossary of Key Concepts.

"VerLinden invites students to explore a world of argumentation and persuasion in which they are already living--to identify potential fallacies, to enhance critical thinking skills and to ultimately defend a position with improved language, logic and evidence."

"I would describe this text to a colleague as a student-centered, engaging text offering scholars of argumentation a stimulating work for undergraduate course in argumentation and critical thinking. CRITICAL THINKING AND EVERYDAY ARGUMENT boasts the clarity and reasoned approach of its subject. The text is attentive to its audience without sacrificing the intellectual rigor of its subject matter."

"The book simplifies theories of argumentation and critical thinking so that students should find these ideas easy to use in the construction, interpretation, and evaluation of everyday arguments. The book does a particularly good job of illustrating how the principles apply to arguments in interpersonal conflicts and small group decisions."

"I think your author is to be praised for seeking to write a text that accommodates what are often competing strands--instructing students in the pursuit of sound, logical, and reasonable arguments, while simultaneously directing them to participate in a cooperative spirit and exercise rhetorical/contextual sensitivity. He seems to communicate very well that arguing isn’t about diagrams on a page, but is, rather, about human beings bringing their best ideas to the table in the hopes that we can act in ways that serve us well."

"I like the fact that the text moves away from formal debate and toward an inclusive view of argument. Students will be much more interested in a text that sees argument as a natural part of their lives. Very few of our students will ever engage in a formal debate."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9780534601751