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

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Bloomsbury Academic, Nov 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 182 pages
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Publisher's warning: In the wrong hands this book is dangerous. We recommend that you arm yourself with it whilst keeping it out of the hands of others. Only buy this book as a gift if you are sure that you can trust the recipient.
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 arguments. 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 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.
The book includes entries on: Affirming the consequent 
Blinding with science Conclusion which denies premises
Emotional appeals
The Exception that proves the rule
Half-concealed qualification
Poisoning the well
Positive conclusion from negative premise
Shifting the burden of proof
Trivial questions
Wishful thinking

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

User Review  - MF Moonzajer - Goodreads

One of the best technical books on logic and fallacy, I enjoyed reading this book, although most of the fallacies introduced in this book are from Western logic, but they can also be used in Eastern ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Sebastian Ek - Goodreads

Ok for laughs. Read full review

About the author (2007)

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. He appears regularly as an expert on CNN and BBC television.

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