Current Issues and Enduring Questions
Twelfth EditionSylvan Barnet; Hugo Bedau; John O'Hara©2020
Think critically, write persuasively, argue effectively
Sorting through popular opinions, long-standing beliefs, media storms, and academic research can be daunting. Current Issues and Enduring Questions will introduce you to topics that are worth arguing about while also equipping you with the strategies necessary to think critically about issues, evaluate multiple perspectives, choose an approach, and write a compelling argument of your own.
Table of Contents
CRITICAL THINKING AND READING
1 Critical Thinking
2 Critical Reading: Getting Started
3 Critical Reading: Getting Deeper into Arguments
4 Visual Rhetoric: Thinking about Images as Arguments
5 Writing an Analysis of an Argument
6 Developing an Argument of Your Own
7 Using Sources
FURTHER VIEWS ON ARGUMENT
8 A Philosopher’s View: The Toulmin Model
9 A Logician’s View: Deduction, Induction, and Fallacies
10 A Psychologist’s View: Rogerian Argument
11 A Literary Critic’s View: Arguing about Literature
12 A Debater’s View: Individual Oral Presentations and Debate
CURRENT ISSUES: OCCASIONS FOR DEBATE
13 Student Loans: Should Some Indebtedness Be Forgiven?
14 Are Algorithms Biased (Or Are We)?
15 (Un)safe Spaces: Can We Tolerate Intolerant Speech on Campus?
16 The Current State of Childhood: Is “Helicopter Parenting” the “Problem” with Millennials?
17 Genetic Modification of Human Beings: Is It Acceptable?
18 Military Service: Should It Be Required?
CURRENT ISSUES: CASEBOOKS
19 A College Education: What Is Its Purpose?
20 Race and Criminal Justice: Is the System Broken?
21 The Ethics of Appropriation: Is It OK to Copy?
22 Online Versus IRL: How Has Social Networking Changed How We Relate to One Another?
23 Immigration: What Is to Be Done?
24 #MeToo: (How) Has Society Changed for Women?
25 American Democracy: Is the Nation in Danger?
ENDURING QUESTIONS: ESSAYS, POEMS, AND STORIES
26 What Is the Ideal Society?
27 How and Why Do We Construct the “Other”?
28 What Is Happiness?
Index of Authors, Titles, and Terms