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A Rulebook for Arguments, Fourth Edition

Anthony Weston, PhD

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract


This is a test only course (book not included)The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon.

This CE test is based on the book "A Rulebook for Arguments, Fourth Edition” (2008, 88 pages). It provides a basic introduction to the art of making one’s points rationally and eloquently, whether in speaking or writing. It offers – in a very brief format for quick learning and reference – simple rules for putting together a good argument.

“Many people think that arguing is simply stating their prejudices in a new form,” says author Anthony Weston, a philosopher, teacher, and writer. “That is why many people think that arguments are unpleasant and pointless. In this book, ‘to give an argument’ means to offer a set of reasons or evidence in support of a conclusion.”

Why is this skill essential for mental health professionals? First, all professionals need to have well-developed skills for thinking critically, that is having the ability to analyze the evidence pro and con an assertion and make decisions and recommendations accordingly. Second, in mental health practice, clinicians help their clients make rational decisions about their lives. Doing so requires perceiving the fallacies in the client’s thinking and making a case for more functional decision making.

Closeout Course #20-74 | 14 posttest questions 

Learning Objectives

1.Define the term "argument" as used in this book, and describe the importance of arguments
2.Identify general rules for creating logical and sound short arguments
3.List guidelines for various kinds of verbal and written arguments
4.Identify tools that can be used in constructing persuasive arguments
5.Define and illustrate several classic fallacies that can lead to false conclusions

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for reading a published course book (book NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Anthony Weston, PhD, is an American philosopher, teacher, and writer. He is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Elon University in North Carolina, author of widely-used primers in critical thinking and ethical practice and has written a variety of unconventional books and essays on philosophical topics.

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