176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Acknowledgements, Introduction, Thinking from A to Z


    Nigel Warburton is 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