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 shows you how to simultaneously strengthen your own thinking and identify the weaknesses in other people arguments. And, more mischievously, Pirie also shows how to be deliberately illogical – and get away with it. Feb 03, Onoskal rated it it was amazing. I believe this work should be read before any other book – as soon as possible in life.
Sep 03, Robert rated it it was ok. May 17, William rated it liked it. An excellent introduction to critical thinking argumet I’ve long maintained that critical thinking is the single most important skill an undergraduate can obtain, regardless of major.
Some fallacies which he explained are really technincal and quite to grasp, while others are commonly practiced in our everyday experiences. Ribbings oirie Magdalena Ribbing. 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.
The author shows you how to simultaneously strengthen your own thinking and identify the weaknesses in other people arguments. A lot of different types of logical fallacies were explained, and they were really interesting. As all cheerleaders are only some athletes nothing can be truly deduced though for the avoidance of doubt, we do eat chocolate, often with photographic evidence, as part of a highly important Cheerleaders Against Anorexia campaign.
Found interesting the ad lapidem part about boycotting speakers, which nowadays applies again to nazis on campuses, and the part about irr. This is the same blunder that Richard Dawkins fell into with his book The God Delusion the one that made atheist philosopher Michael Ruse “ashamed evvery be an atheist”except that Dawkins at least has the excuse that he’s not a trained philosopher.
It’s just an alphabetical analysis of logical fallacies.
How to Win Every Argument
No, it does not reveal how to win every argument. Refresh and try again. It is the same as someone trying to read a dictionary from beginning to end, it does not make sense. He identifies with devastating examples all the most common fallacies popularly used in argument.
In the case of this book, it is quite unlikely that one would look for a definition of “dicto If you’re looking for a compendium of fallacies organised in alphabetical order, this book may suit you.
But way too much info in one book; definitely will have another go. Aquinas does defend a similar argument as does Aristotle, but I’m less familiar with his versionan Argument from Motion.
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It looked interesting, so I picked it up. 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. 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. Learn to use the former and spot and disprove the latter, and you will be victorious. Montreal Freethinkers Book Club pick for this September 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.
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.
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
Jul 04, Jacqueline Quackenbush rated it it was ok Shelves: I would have thought that putting fallacies 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. In the wrong hands this book is dangerous. To make things worse, in a dictionary you have a point of start, the word you’re looking for.
And, more mischievously, Pirie also shows how to be deliberately illogical – and get away with it. 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 necessary. If someone says this must be a good orchestra because each of its members 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.
However, there are two glaring issues with this argument. A generous helping of dry wit is used extensively throughout the book, injecting puns and the like into the examples, which helps to liven the relatively dry material – something I appreciated, though others may find annoying.
Pirie describes an this type of fallacy as follows: Some fallacies which he explained are really technincal and quite to grasp, while others are commonly practiced in our everyday experience The content of the book is good. Dec 09, Arun Venu rated it did not like it Shelves: All in all though, most of the fallacies are pretty obvious and I didn’t find the book particularly insightful.
So let me separate the two arguments.
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. But this comparison is mxdsen false analogy, for a couple of reasons: We recommend that you arm yourself with it whilst keeping out of the hands of others. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on the site.