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How to Win Every Argument

The Use and Abuse of Logic



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How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic by Madsen Pirie
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"A read for the intellectual among us."
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This is a book that needs to be read multiple times to be appreciated. But fascinating all the same.


In this witty and infectious book, Madsen Pirie provides a complete guide to using - and indeed abusing - logic in order to win arguments. He identifies with devastating examples all the most common fallacies popularly used in argument. 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 author shows you how to simultaneously strengthen your own thinking and identify the weaknesses in other people's arguments. And, more mischievously, Pirie also shows how to be deliberately illogical - and get away with it. This book will make you maddeningly smart: your family, friends and opponents will all wish that you had never read it.

Table of Contents

79 A-Z entries, including:; Abusive analogy; Blinding with science; The complex question; Damning the alternatives; Exclusive premises; The gambler's fallacy; Hedging; Irrelevant humour; Loaded words; The red herring; Shifting ground; Trivial objections; Wishful thinking.

Author Biography

MADSEN PIRIE is President of the Adam Smith Institute and author of numerous books including Boost Your IQ and The Sherlock Holmes IQ Book. He was formerly Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Logic at Hillsdale College, Michigan, USA.
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August 30th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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