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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The author seasons each example with some dry humor but at times it makes me wonder if he’s a douchebag, like when he argumsnt stupidity as a cause of supporting nuclear disarment.
The argument essentially states that the universe, and everything in the universe, are contingent things. Levereras inom vardagar. The author shows you how to simultaneously strengthen your own thinking and identify the weaknesses in other people arguments.
How to Win Every Argument
Whether you want to firm up your own arguments, or simply disprove others’, this is a very easy to read book with all the tools you need. Again, of course, he’s wasting his time because the real statement doesn’t wrgument to be adjusted, and the one he adjusted it to is clearly a poor statement, as well since obviously the universe is not inside the universe. The distinctions between some of the fallacies are not clear. Found interesting the ad lapidem part about boycotting speakers, which nowadays applies again to nazis on campuses, and the part about irr Bummer, I didn’t expect a list of fallacies from the title.
A good fighter needs a good fight to improve himself, and so is a good debater. As Maden puts it in the book, “in the hands of the wrong person, this is more of a weapon than a book,” and I plan to be one of those, hehehe It’s no substitute for a class in critical thinking or logic, but it’s a great start!
Jul 04, Jacqueline Quackenbush rated it it was ok Shelves: Return to Book Page. Since the universe itself is contingent e. The idea is a good one and, although I like to think I can recognize many of the most egregious logical fallacies most commonly used, th A straightforward and entry level discussion of the main logical fallacies that one may prie across will come across in debate and more importantly perhaps, every day discourse.
Bummer, Piriee didn’t expect a list of fallacies qin the title. Even though it was not what I was expecting, I found this book a highly thought provoking, enjoyable and entertaining read. The Use and Abuse of Logic presents a list of logical fallacies that can be used to trick and deceive others, along with explanations, examples, and suggestions for using each fallacy effectively.
It is the same as someone trying to read a dictionary from beginning to end, it does not make sense. There are other problems with the book, such as Pirie also not understanding the political atmosphere very well or perhaps he only looks to the uneducated members instead of the good thinkers holding positions he disagrees with.
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
So let me separate the two arguments. What counts as Evidence? I firmly believe that critical thinking is the single most important skill an undergraduate can obtain, regardless of major. The arguments Aquinas defends will succeed even if the universe was eternal and therefore, not having a prior cause.
A goodguide to recognizing the fallacies that most people, either deliberately or through lack of awareness, make every day. Second, opposition to interracial marriage was based on racism but was still considered marriage, whereas opposition to same-sex marriage is not based on “homophobia” but on the fact that two people of the same sex just do not make a marriage.
This book really wasn’t what I expected. Since it cannot go back forever, we know that there must be an uncaused causer to start the process. 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.
It is usual that the author chose to provide them in alphabetical order. Pirue speaks of the “argumentum ad antiquitam and argumentum ad novitam arguments, which collectively fall under the umbrella “chronological snobbery” argumentum ad antiquitam being that the old is better because it’s old, and argument ad novitum being that the new is better because it’s new. The author shows you how to simultaneously strengthen your own thinking and identify the weaknesses in other people arguments.
This book will make you maddeningly smart: Feb 04, Anugerah Erlaut rated it liked it. It is a short read and the doesn’t take itself too seriously which is always enjoyable in a topic aryument as this.
I found it unfortunate that the author structured the writing in a way that encourages the strategic use of the fallacies, rather than how to avoid and counter them when presented by an opponent in a debate.
Nov 03, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: But way too much info in one book; definitely will have another go. The relationship between fallacies is almost completely neglected such as the relationship, or difference, between “slippery slope” and “runaway train” fallacies.
I study logic and philosophy, and teach it to homeschool kids, so I thought this might be a book that illustrates these fallacies in an entertaining way. It felt like reading a long Wikipedia article.
Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland Jonathan Green kr. Since the universe moves, it has potentials that need to be actualized. The ASI proposed reforms in taxation, public services, transport and local government.
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The second argument is the Contingency Argument. If someone says this must be a good orchestra because each of its madssn is a talented musician and you want to disagree, you could point out that an orchestra is a team affair and just because the individuals are skilled, they may not work well together, or keep in time with each other, or take direction well as part of a group.
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 It has mdasen policy initiatives aimed at replacing state controls and monopolies with opportunities for competition choice in a broad area.
It’s not a bad book, it was interesting enough for me to finish it but essentially it’s a dictionary for fallacies. Only buy this book as a gift if you are sure that you can trust the recipient.
The book is essentially an alphabetical list of common fallacies with definitions, explanations, and examples.