Thinking from A to Z, Paperback
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What is 'humpty-dumptying'? Do 'arguments from analogy' ever stand up? How do I know when someone is using 'weasel words'? What's the difference between a 'red herring' and a 'straw man'?

This superb book, now in its third edition, will help anyone who wants to argue well and think critically.

Using witty and topical examples, this fully-updated edition includes many new entries and updates the whole text.

New entries include: * Principle of Charity * Lawyer's Answer * Least Worst Option * Poisoning the Well * Sentimentality * Sunk Cost Fallacy * Weasel Words *'You would say that wouldn't you'.

Thinking from A to Z may not help you win every argument, but it will definitely give you the power to tell a good one from a bad one.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Intelligence & reasoning
  • ISBN: 9780415433716



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A very impressive guide to some philosophical ideas. The A-Z format is both a blessing and a curse: it keeps the whole thing simple, but it also confines some of the ideas when it would be nice if they were extended and discussed a little more. Good for apetite whetting, I think.