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Argument and Persuasion: Find Books

This Library Guide focuses on persuasive writing, or argument. While some of the contents may pertain to spoken rhetoric (debate/speech), the emphasis is on written rhetoric such as papers frequently assigned in freshman composition classes.

Page Overview

This page lists some books about argument a persuasion and presents two philosophical pyramids related to argument and persuasion.

Graham's Hierarchy of Argument

The higher you go on the pyramid, the better the quality of your argument.


The Knowledge Hierarchy

Selection of Circulating Books

The splay of call numbers in the list of books below confirms that there is nothing that could be called an "argument section" in the Library of Congress classification.  Probably the best way to supplement this list of books would be to examine the books shelved near them in the Houston Cole Library stacks or to look on the backs of the title page to review the subject headings assigned to these books.