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Fallacy the Counterfeit of Argument Paperback – January 1, 1959


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectrum (1959)
  • ASIN: B000X8Y0X2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. J Robbins on March 28, 2008
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My 11th grade English teacher made us read this book, and I've never been sorry he did. The book should be required reading for every high schooler, as part of a course on Critical Thinking. Clear, logical thought is more important today than ever, but the average Joe is not capable of it. With more high school kids believing Creationism than Darwin's Theory of Evolution, it is obvious that the schools are failing our children miserably by not teaching them how to think critically.

The book is laid out into three clear parts: Material Fallacies, Psychological Fallacies, and Logical (formal) Fallacies. About 51 different fallacies are delineated and explained. They are all here: faulty analogy, generalization, "post hoc" reasoning, false dilemma, appeal to authority, ad hominem, special pleading, apriorism, non sequitur, and many many more. The fallacy is analyzed and explained, then the authors provide several (often humorous) examples of the fallacy is everyday life. Sometimes, they also offer their personal comment on the example.

EVERYBODY can benefit from reading this book. Democracy cannot survive without an informed, intelligent electorate. With TV and the electronic age, there is less reading and less time for critical thought. This, in turn, endangers our democracy. This book is the necessary tonic to combat this ominous threat. It is clear, well-written, and as amusing as a book on logic can be! Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tuggie on January 11, 2012
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This is the best book for learning I have ever read.You read this book and you can tell if somebody is not telling the truth to you. After reading this book it was hard to watch TV.The commercials are the worst. Read it and see .It was a require reading for my 5 children.If you read it you would want your family to read it.
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