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42 Fallacies (English Edition) von [LaBossiere, Michael]
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A fallacy is an error in reasoning. That is, it is a piece of bad logic. Just as it is a good idea to avoid eating bad food, it is also a rather good idea to avoid bad reasoning. Unfortunately, bad reasoning is all too common—it pours out of the television and infests the web like an army of venomous spiders. Perhaps even worse than the fallacies inflicted from the outside are self-inflicted fallacies. These can lead people to make poor decisions about matters great and small.

Fortunately, there is a defense against bad reasoning, namely knowledge. This concise book provides the reader with definitions and examples of forty-two common fallacies—the knowledge a person needs to defend herself in a world awash in fallacies. This short book is not intended to be a handbook on winning arguments or a text on general logic.

The book contains the following fallacies:

Ad Hominem
Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Appeal to Authority
Appeal to Belief
Appeal to Common Practice
Appeal to Emotion
Appeal to Popularity
Appeal to Fear
Appeal to Flattery
Appeal to Novelty
Appeal to Pity
Appeal to Popularity
Appeal to Ridicule
Appeal to Spite
Appeal to Tradition
Begging the Question
Biased Generalization
Burden of Proof
Circumstantial Ad Hominem
Fallacy of Composition
Confusing Cause and Effect
Fallacy of Division
False Dilemma
Gambler’s Fallacy
Genetic Fallacy
Guilt by Association
Hasty Generalization
Ignoring a Common Cause
Middle Ground
Misleading Vividness
Peer Pressure
Personal Attack
Poisoning the Well
Post Hoc
Questionable Cause
Red Herring
Relativist Fallacy
Slippery Slope
Special Pleading
Straw Man
Two Wrongs Make a Right
Two Wrongs Make a Right

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Dr. Michael LaBossiere is a guy from Maine who went to school in Ohio and ended up a philosophy professor in Florida. While acquiring his doctorate in philosophy at Ohio State University, he earned his ramen noodle money by writing for Chaosium, GDW, R. Talsorian Games, and TSR. After graduate school, he became a philosophy professor at Florida A&M University. His first philosophy book, What Don't You Know?, was published in 2008. He continues to write philosophy and gaming material. He is also a blogger, but these days who isn't? When not writing, he enjoys running, gaming and the martial arts. Thanks to a quadriceps tendon tear in 2009, he was out of running for a while, but returned to the trails and wrote a book about it, Of Tendon & Trail.


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209 von 219 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book; Free pdf available by author 6. Juni 2011
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the .99 i paid for this was worth it, so i could read it across my kindle app devices. but know that if you google the title, you'll find that the author kindly offers it as a free pdf online.

it's structured in a very concise format, listing one fallacy (with descriptions and explanations) after another. the table of contents is fully linked, as well.

not an extensive review, but hopefully helpful.
5.0 von 5 Sternen An exceptional little book every politician should read especially the current bunch up there on the Hill!!! 8. Januar 2014
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I am enjoying reading this little book as I prepare to enter law school. I am amazed at how many of these fallacies are committed consistently by politicians at all levels who care more about appealing to emotionalism to advance their agenda(s) than they do by using reason, facts, and logic. I must also indict the media for the same shortcomings in presenting political speakers and so-called political talking heads without a clue on how to challenge illogical premises and conclusions that so many advance as "fact."
3.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Introduction for a Good Price 22. Dezember 2012
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Fallacies have become the poison of America's rhetorical battles. Entire news agencies use them to induce the viewer into a emotional trance suggesting that they must hang on to find out something so urgent that changing the channel will change their lives. Politicians, used car salesmen, lawyers, preachers and close family may be the knowing or unknowing perpetrators of these manipulations. It is more important than ever that we as informed citizens and consumers learn how people are trying to steal from and deceive us. It is a matter of our personal and financial survival.

42 Fallacies is a start in the right direction. It is a primer for the deeper conversation that is needed about this topic. The writing and examples are simple and straightforward. For the cost you can't beat it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I really like this book. 22. April 2011
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I own and have read How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic by Madsen Pirie and Nonsense: A Handbook of Logical Fallacies by Robert J. Gula.

This book isn't as in-depth as those books but it's great for a quick reference of logic fallacies. An easy read--and for the price it's a great value.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad at all 7. August 2012
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The book briefly explores 42 informal fallacies. The most popular ones are all included, fallacies like ad hominem, begging the question, and hasty generalization. I agree that a lot of the examples are centered around US politics. You need to know a little about the NRA, abortion, the two major US political parties, and other stuff like that to understand all the examples. But don't get me wrong--you don't need to be a wonk of US politics to understand. Any adult living in the United States should have no problem. Something that did bother me was that a lot of the examples were recycled throughout the book with only slight modifications and it made some of them a little confusing. All that said, 42 Fallacies was a fun quick read, that explored the basic fallacies of informal logic, which made it well worth the $1 I paid for it.
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