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The Art of Controversy (or The Art of Being Right)

The Art of Controversy (or The Art of Being Right) by Arthur Schopenhauer
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In "The Art of Controversy," Arthur Schopenhauer presents a comprehensive guide to effectively navigating and winning arguments. His insights into the tactics and strategies of debating are both illuminating and thought-provoking. The book covers a wide range of topics, from logical fallacies to the psychology of persuasion, providing readers with valuable tools for sharpening their reasoning skills.

Schopenhauer's writing style is clear and concise, making complex ideas accessible to readers of all levels of experience. While some of his views may be controversial, his emphasis on critical thinking and intellectual rigor is a timeless and valuable lesson for anyone interested in improving their argumentation skills.

Overall, "The Art of Controversy" is a compelling and engaging read that offers practical advice for engaging in debates and discussions. Whether you are a seasoned debater or just starting out, this book is sure to enhance your ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

Book Description:
The Art of Controversy (or The Art of Being Right) (Die Kunst, Recht zu Behalten) is a short treatise written in 1831 by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in which he presents thirty-eight methods of gaining an unfair advantage in a debate and thereby being right even if you are wrong. Schopenhauer champions the virtue of dialectical argument, in his view wrongly neglected by philosophers in favour of logic, and goes on to discuss the distinction between our conscious intellectual powers and our will. The text is a favourite of debaters including the philosophers AC Grayling and Mary Warnock, and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

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Reviewer: - April 28, 2013
Essential reading.

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