How to Win Every Argument







Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Abusive analogy
Affirming the consequent
Analogical fallcy
Antiquitam, argumentum ad
Baculum, argumentum ad
Blinding with science
The bogus dilemma
Circulus in probando
The complex question (plurium interrogationum)
Concealed quantification
Conclusion which denies premises
Contradictory premises
Crumenam, argumentum ad
Cum hoc ergo propter hoc
Damning the alternatives
VI How to Win Every Argument
Definitional retreat
Denying the antecedent
Dicto simpliciter
Emotional appeals
Every schoolboy knows
The exception that proves the rule
Exclusive premises
The existential fallacy
Ex-post-facto statistics
Extensional pruning
False conversion
False precision
The gambler’s fallacy
The genetic fallacy
Half-concealed qualification
Hominem (abusive), argumentum ad
Hominem (circumstantial), argumentum ad
Ignorantiam, argumentum ad
Ignorantio elenchi
Illicit process
Irrelevant humour
Lapidem, argumentum ad
Lazarum, argumentum ad
Loaded words
Misericordiam, argumentum ad
Nauseam, argumentum ad
Novitam, argumentum ad
Numeram, argumentum ad
One-sided assessment
Petitio principii
Contents vu
Poisoning the well
Populum, argumentum ad
Positive conclusion from negative premise
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
Quaternio terminorum
The red herring
Refuting the example
The runaway train
Secundum quid
Shifting ground
Shifting the burden of proof
The slippery slope
Special pleading
The straw man
Temperantiam, argumentum ad
Thatcher’s blame
Trivial objections
Tu quoque
Unaccepted enthymemes
The undistributed middle
Unobtainable perfection
Verecundiam, argumentum ad
Wishful thinking

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