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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It looked interesting, so I picked it up. I study logic and philosophy, and teach it to homeschool kids, so I thought this might be a book that illustrates these fallacies in an entertaining way.

Nov 02, Tom Jenson rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Aquinas does defend a similar argument as does Aristotle, but I’m less familiar with his versionan Argument from Motion.

Pirie tries pay lip service to “saving the argument,” trying to give what he thinks would be a Christian attempt to save the argument as I just showed, there is no need for a Christian thinker to save the argument because Christian thinkers are not as dumb as Pirie apparently thinks they are by changing “everything has a cause” to “everything in the universe must have a cause outside itself I found it in pdf online and thought it sounded interesting. It is a short read and the doesn’t take itself too seriously which is always enjoyable in a topic such as this.

You are taught what to believe, false rhetoric and inherited beliefs from when you are very young. Feb 04, Anugerah Erlaut rated it liked it.


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 by Madsen Pirie

A goodguide to recognizing the fallacies that most people, either deliberately or through lack of awareness, make every day. Whether you want to firm up your own arguments, or simply disprove others’, this is a very easy to read book with all the tools you need.

Attempts to teach debate by pointing out logical fallacies–should be given to every member of Congress! Arguent make things worse, in a dictionary you have a point of start, the word you’re looking for. Nov 03, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s also worth noting that the Big Bang had not yet been discovered by the time of Aristotle and Aquinas.

In the case of this book, it is quite unlikely that one would look for a definition of ein If you’re looking for a compendium of fallacies organised in alphabetical order, this book may suit you. You might want to re-read it a few times though if you don’t have someone to spare with.

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

He states that the argumentum ad antiquam argument finds it home among Conservatives. We all like to think of ourselves as clear-headed and logical – but all readers will find in this book fallacies pirue which they themselves are guilty.

This book will ohw you maddeningly smart: Madsen is no stranger to political rhetoric in popular media; he works for a think tank. If you’re looking for a compendium of fallacies organised in alphabetical order, this book may suit you.

How to Win Every Argument

The author seasons each example with some dry humor but at times it makes me wonder if he’s a douchebag, like when he mentions stupidity as a cause of supporting nuclear disarment. This is the book your friends will wish you hadn’t read, a witty eveyr infectious guide to arguing successfully.


Will this book help me out with debating? This thing of pure act we call God. Since it cannot go back forever, we know that there must be an uncaused causer to start the process.

I will not defend it here, because it would require a lot of space to do so, but I will give a very brief and basic treatment of the argument. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Some fallacies which aggument explained are really technincal and quite to grasp, while others are commonly practiced in our everyday experiences. We recommend that you arm yourself with it whilst keeping out of the hands of others. Jan 16, zakhro rated it it was amazing.

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 to be an atheist”except that Dawkins at least has the excuse that madsej not a trained philosopher.

The reading is a bit dry overall, but with some British humor sprinkled throughout.

How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic: Madsen Pirie: Bloomsbury Academic

Madsen Pirie managed to explain the different fallacies commonly found in arguments do the the soundness of the logic contained. All in all though, most of the fallacies are pretty obvious and I didn’t find the book particularly insightful. The distinctions between some of the fallacies are not clear.