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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Found interesting the ad lapidem part about boycotting speakers, which nowadays applies again to nazis on campuses, and the part about irr. We recommend that you arm yourself with it whilst keeping out of the hands of others.
However, there are two glaring issues with this argument. 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, there was a lot of good stuff here although, as I say, pitched at an introductory level. In the wrong hands this book is dangerous. The Institute is “a pioneer of privatisation” in the UK and elsewhere. If you would like some more facts with which to win arguments, Question Everything: 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.
You are taught what to believe, false rhetoric and inherited beliefs from when you are very young. This is an excellent book that introduces the multiple logical fallacies that we see in some form or another almost evfry day.
How to Win Every Argument: 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 way too much info in one book; definitely will have another go. Skin in the Game Aegument Nicholas Taleb. An excellent introduction to critical thinking errors I’ve long maintained that critical thinking is the single most important skill an undergraduate can obtain, regardless of major.
This necessary entity we call God.
Pirie doesn’t have such a recourse to explain such an elementary blunder and if it seems I’m being a bit harsh, it’s only because this is such an easy to avoid falsehood yet I see it all the time from atheists who don’t bother to learn about what they want to criticize.
Madsen Pirie Reviewed by Zoe Morris 4.
How to Win Every Argument
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. Instead, this book surprised me with or so different premises for arguments, some of which are good, others of which are somewhat lacking in logic.
Additionally, while this book seems to aim at beginners, the lack of precise definitions for topics that pop up repeatedly through the artument logical fallacies cause greater confusion than is necessary. It has undertaken policy initiatives aimed at replacing state controls and monopolies with opportunities for competition choice in a broad area.
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
Although you can still take it any way you’d like, I would have liked a more encouraging message of “How to Win Every Argument [by avoiding logical fallacies]”.
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Everything that begins to exist has a cause. Feb 04, Anugerah Erlaut rated it liked it. See 2 questions about How to Win Every Argument….
The distinctions between some of the fallacies are not clear. The reading is a bit dry overall, but with some British humor sprinkled throughout.
I found it in pdf piirie and thought it sounded interesting. May 30, Blec Tiempo rated it really liked it. In the wrong hands this book is dangerous. 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.
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.
Dec 13, Preston Pierson rated it liked it. Montreal Freethinkers Book Club pick for this September Can’t quite make up its mind whether it’s a basic guide to the use of logic in argument or an arugment non-serious book made to nestle between ” uses for a dead logicians” and “Is it just me or is everything fallacious?
It’s also worth noting that the Big Bang had not yet been discovered by the time of Aristotle and Aquinas. This book will make you maddeningly smart: 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.
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic: Madsen Pirie: Bloomsbury Academic
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.
Pirie even has the audacity to claim that Aristotle and Aquinas used this kind of argument, of course without citation so you can’t check to make sure his understanding of these thinkers is correct. 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. He also seems the only one who thought the plural of cum hoc is “cum hoes”. O This is the book your friends will wish you hadn’t read, a witty and infectious guide to arguing successfully.