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
- 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.
Nigel Warburtonis Senior Lecturer at The Open University and a bestselling author. His other books include Philosophy: The Basics, fourth edition, Philosophy: The Classics, third edition, Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide, The Art Question and Freedom, all published by Routledge.
'A superb guide: clear, comprehensive, and enjoyable to read.' - Steven Pinker
'Warburton is always a very clear writer and has the knack of finding the right register to talk to the non-professional without over-simplifying or patronising.' - The Philosopher's Magazine