How to Win Every Argument Essay

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How to Win Every A rgument T he Use and Abuse of Logic Also available from Continuum What Philosophers Think - Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom What Philosophy Is - David Carel and David Gamez Great Thinkers A-Z - Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom How to Win Every A rgument The Use and Abuse of Logic Madsen Pirie • \ continuum • ••LONDON • NEW YORK To Thomas, Samuel and Rosalind Continuum International Publishing Group The Tower Building 1 1 York Road London SE1 7NX 1 5 East 26th Street New York, NY 1 0010 © Madsen Pirie 2006 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publishers. Madsen Pirie has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as Author of this work British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN: 0826490069 (hardback) Library of Congress Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalog record for this book is available from the Library of Congress. Typeset by YHT Ltd, London Printed and bound in Great Britain by MPG Books Ltd, Bodmin, Cornwall C ontents Acknowledgments Introduction viii ix Abusive analogy 1 Accent 3 5 Accident Affirming the consequent Amphiboly 7 9 Analogical fallcy Antiquitam, argumentum ad 11 14 Apriorism Baculum, argumentum ad 15 17 Bifurcation 19 Blinding with science The bogus dilemma 22 24 Circulus in probando The complex question (plurium interrogationum) 27 29 Composition 31 Concealed quantification Conclusion which denies premises 33 Contradictory premises 38 39 Crumenam, argumentum ad Cum hoc ergo propter hoc Damning the alternatives 35 41 44
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