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<b><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1> </font></b> <br/><div align=left><b><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Publisher's warning: </font></b><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>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. </font></div><br/><div align=left> </div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>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.</font></div><br/><div> </div><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1> </font> <br/><div align=left><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>The book includes entries on:<br/></font><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Affirming the consequent</font></div><font face=Arial size=1> </font> <br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Blinding with science<br/></font><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Conclusion which denies premises</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Emotional appeals</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>The Exception that proves the rule</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Half-concealed qualification</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Poisoning the well</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Positive conclusion from negative premise</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Shifting the burden of proof</font></div><br/><div align=left><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Trivial questions</font> <br/><div><font face=Arial size=1>• </font><font face=Arial color=#231f20 size=1>Wishful thinking</font></div></div>>

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

Deals with one fallacy, explaining what the fallacy is, giving and analysing an example, outlining when/where/why the particular fallacy tends to occur and finally showing how you can perpetrate the fallacy on other people in order to win an argument.

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 Irrelevent humour Loaded words The red herring Shifting ground Trivial objections Wishful thinking.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826498946
Author:
Pirie, Madsen
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Fallacies (logic)
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Logic
Subject:
General Philosophy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.77 x 5.36 x 0.59 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
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

"Synopsis" by , Deals with one fallacy, explaining what the fallacy is, giving and analysing an example, outlining when/where/why the particular fallacy tends to occur and finally showing how you can perpetrate the fallacy on other people in order to win an argument.
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