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My only complaint is that I there is too much politics used as examples. I don't disagree with any of those, but I also already understood the premise. There are some people who I would love to share this book with who are capable of thinking with reason, but are still heavily effected by their conditioned emotional responses. When they read the political examples it will cause them to shut down on the real meat of the book. I think that people need to already be thinking with reason and evidence in order to appreciate The Argument, but if you already think that way you don't really need the book. A bit of a cyclical problem.
There were parts of the book that read more like a podcast transcript. Nothing wrong with that, but it was a bit odd. I think however those bits will work quite well in the audio book. I plan on buying the audio version as well once it's available.
[Error posting original review on tablet, so if this is a duplicate, I apologize]
He's a bona fide bright boy to be sure, but all too full of himself. You can skip the last 10% of the book as it just repeats itself.
But if we go one level deeper, in a meeting among libertarians we libertarians discover little commonality in our reasons for being libertarian or in our rationale for a positive alternative to the state. At this deeper level my ontology (if I use that fancy word correctly) differs from Molyneux’s; he sounds overconfident and mistaken to me. I would classify his philosophy as positivist, he believes a little too much in his own epistemology. For readers who want some good philosophy I recommend: “An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis” by John Hospers; “The Uses of Argument” by Stephen Toulmin; and of course my own exposition of the Resource-Patterns Model of Life on blogspot in the blog titled “Perceived Order”.
Here you will find the differences in argumentation that many people don't understand and get confused, thus leading to falling for sophisms and logical fallacies.
Fallacies are arguments that sound logical, but in reality are invalid. Sophists are people that use fallacies to convince you of invalid and/or false conclusions.
If you have the critical thinking skills and know how to identify fallacies and the difference between deducting truths, proving certainty and valid conclusions, this book will show you the applications and arguments to fight sophism wherever you may find it for the good of all.
If you don't have these skills, the book will show you some basics, and will prove how important these skills are, so you may be motivated to develop these critical and accurate thinking skills... which are some of the best tools you may have to lead a fulfilling and virtuous life.
Studying fallacies and how we think show us our "blind spots", where we may fail in our thinking unknowingly and how important it is to engage in logical arguments so that we may expand our perspective and reach better conclusions and truth.