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  • Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Zarefsky
    • Narrated By Professor David Zarefsky
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    What is effective reasoning? And how can it be done persuasively? These questions have been asked for thousands of years, yet some of the best thinking on reasoning and argumentation is recent and represents a break from the past. These 24 engaging lectures teach you how to reason, how to persuade others that what you think is right, and how to judge and answer the arguments of others - and how they will judge yours.

    liam says: "If you are on the fence, Get it!"
    "If you are on the fence, Get it!"
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    If you could sum up Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Clear, concise, informative


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Understanding logical fallacies.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent course to take. Interesting right the way through and very dense on content. Argumentation is a pastime of mine, and although I have read much about it, I have never taken any kind of structured course on the subject. These lectures opened up an understanding of the processes, the nomenclature and the method to me on a larger scale than I knew. Very helpful, Already I am applying this new understanding to my every day life, and that's not just in winning arguments with my spouse ;)

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
    "Amazing events amazing presentation"
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    Would you listen to Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon again? Why?

    Yes, the narrative was well told. You really get an understanding of what was happening, what the atmosphere must have been like. Professor Desan is great to listen to and does not bore even after many hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When France became a republic


    Which character – as performed by Professor Suzanne M. Desan – was your favorite?

    N/A, this was not a storybook


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Throughout the course, one becomes immersed and grows attachments to certain characters and certain sides. I wouldn't want that to all be over so quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are on the fence about getting this. Get it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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