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Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy by [Robert Arp, Steven Barbone, Michael Bruce]

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Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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“…In view of the contemporary controversies surrounding many of the fundamental concepts of logic discussed, this synopsis is no mean feat, given the exacting formalities of the subject. As a helping hand to students new to critical thinking, the book is immensely successful and useful…”

--L. C. Archie, emeritus, Lander University

CHOICE April 2019

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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You'll love this book or you'll hate it. So, you're either with us or against us. And if you're against us then you hate books. No true intellectual would hate this book.

Ever decide to avoid a restaurant because of one bad meal? Choose a product because a celebrity endorsed it? Or ignore what a politician says because she's not a member of your party? For as long as people have been discussing, conversing, persuading, advocating, proselytizing, pontificating, or otherwise stating their case, arguments have been vulnerable to false assumptions and faulty reasoning. Drawing upon a long history of logical falsehoods and philosophical flubs, Bad Arguments demonstrates how misguided arguments come to be, what we can do to detect them in the rhetoric of others, and how to avoid using them ourselves.

Fallacies – or conclusions that don't follow from their premises – are at the root of most bad arguments, but it can be easy to stumble into a fallacy without realizing it. In this clear and concise guide to good arguments gone bad, Robert Arp, Steven Barbone, and Michael Bruce take readers through 100 of the most infamous fallacies in Western philosophy, identifying the most common missteps, pitfalls, and dead-ends of argumentation. Whether an instance of sunk cost, is ought, affirming the consequent, moving the goal post, begging the question, or the ever-popular slippery slope, each fallacy is enriched by examples drawn from contemporary politics, economics, media, and popular culture, and is supplemented with useful diagrams and tables.

At a time in our world when it is crucial to be able to identify and challenge rhetorical half-truths, this book helps readers to better understand flawed argumentation and develop logical literacy. Unrivaled in its breadth of coverage and a worthy companion to its sister volume, Just the Arguments (2011), Bad Arguments is an essential tool for students and general readers looking to hone their critical thinking and rhetorical skills.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07JCK5CD8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (September 28, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 28, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2157 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 428 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1119167906
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