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How to Win Every. Argument. The Use and Abuse of Logic. Madsen Pirie . behind the argument and the evidence, fallacies can add enough weight to carry . In the second edition of this witty and infectious book, Madsen Pirie builds upon his guide to using – and indeed abusing – logic in order to win arguments. By. When a book makes a promise on its cover, call me old fashioned but I’m kinda expecting it to deliver on this. So How to Win Every Argument has me thinking.

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We recommend that you arm yourself with it whilst keeping out of the hands of others. Additionally, while this book seems to aim at beginners, the lack of precise definitions for topics that pop up repeatedly through the different logical fallacies cause greater confusion than is atgument.

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You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Also, the decision to put his list of the groups at the end, and with no real explanation as to what separates one group of fallacies from the others, perplexes me.

Pirie describes an this type of fallacy as follows: Retrieved from ” http: But way too much info in one book; definitely will have another go. You are taught what to believe, false rhetoric and inherited beliefs from when you are very young. Plenty of examples are provided throughout that make the concepts stick.

The Pitchfork of Destiny Jack Heckel. I wish the author could have arranged the materials in the book much more clearly, topically grouped, preferably, each containing an introduction for each group.

Pirie describe the argument as follows: Argument is not taught well in high school or college courses.


How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic

Bortom varje rimligt tvivel Malin Persson Giolito. The Use and Abuse of Log I was disappointed in this book.

It’s not a bad book, it was interesting enough for me to finish it but essentially it’s a dictionary for fallacies. I would have thought that putting tp of a similar type together, with a comprehensive index might have been a better approach but I have seen that tried to and it does have its own drawbacks. You might want to re-read it a few times though if you don’t have someone to spare with.

It is usual that the author chose to provide them in alphabetical order. As Lincoln once said, you can call a dog’s tail a leg, but that doesn’t change the fact the dog has four legs. It’s no substitute for a class in critical argkment or logic, but it’s a great start!

Based on the facts presented here, this does not follow. A straightforward and entry level discussion of the main logical fallacies that one may come across will come across in debate and more importantly perhaps, every day discourse.

Since it cannot go back forever, we know that there must be an uncaused causer to start the process. In the case of this book, it is quite unlikely that one would look for a definition of “dicto simpliciter” without knowing its meaning.

Montreal Freethinkers Book Club pick for this September The second argument is the Ho Argument. And, more mischievously, Pirie also shows how to be deliberately illogical – and get away with it.

All in all though, most of the fallacies are pretty obvious and I didn’t find the book particula Montreal Freethinkers Book Club pick for this September I found it unfortunate that th A great beginners guide to understanding, recognizing and unfortunately using some of the most common types of logical fallacies. It felt like reading a long Wikipedia article. Unfortunately the negatives here outweigh the positives, as they don’t exactly inspire confidence that this is an objective look at these fallacies.

How to Win Every Argument

Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on madaen site. I have heard awful reasoning from lawyers, doctors and engineers — it makes me feel good to come from my background and be able to go toe to toe with professionals any day. We all like to think of ourselves as clear-headed and logical – but all readers will find in this book fallacies of which they themselves are guilty. The attempts at humor are sometimes clever, but often just come off as the author acting superior.


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Oct 25, Brandon Rosbrook rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even though it was not what I was expecting, I found this book a highly thought provoking, enjoyable and entertaining read. I was disappointed in this book. A lot of different types of argumrnt fallacies were explained, and they were really interesting. In the second edition of this witty and infectious book, Madsen Pirie builds upon his guide to using – and indeed abusing – logic in order to win arguments.

If you would like some more facts with which to win arguments, Question Everything: Apart from his work with the Adam Smith Institute, Pirie is an author in argumebt fields, including philosophy, economics, and science fiction.

By including new chapters on how to win arguments in writing, in the pub, with a friend, on Facebook and in characters on TwitterPirie provides the complete guide to triumphing in altercations ranging from the everyday to the downright serious. It was, however, a bit too dry, and often read like a highly structured textbook, which made it difficult to read for longer than 10 minutes at a time. I recommend this for philosophy students, and mostly for critics writing.