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The Art of Controversy ,The Art of Being Right

By: Arthur Schopenhauer

The Art of Controversy and The Art of Being Right are two essays written by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. The Art of Controversy deals with the strategies and tactics that can be used in arguments and debates, and focuses on the importance of language and logic in winning arguments. The Art of Being Right, on the other hand, is a more general treatise on the nature of argumentation and the ways in which people try to prove their points and win arguments. In The Art of Controversy, Schopenhauer argues that the key to winning an argument is to understand the other person's perspective and to use language and logic to craft a compelling and convincing argument. He also emphasizes the importance of avoiding fallacious reasoning and of being able to anticipate and counter the arguments of one's opponents. In The Art of Being Right, Schopenhauer discusses the various tactics and strategies that people use in order to win arguments, such as the use of rhetorical devices, ad hominem attacks, and appeals to authority. He also examines the ways in which people try to manipulate language and logic in order to win arguments, and suggests that the best way to win an argument is to avoid these tactics and instead focus on presenting a clear and logical case. Overall, both of these essays offer valuable insights into the nature of argumentation and the ways in which people can effectively argue their points. They continue to be widely read and studied by philosophers and others interested in the art of persuasion and argumentation.

  • The Extension (Dana's Law)
  • The Homonymy
  • Generalize Your Opponent's Specific Statements
  • Conceal Your Game
  • False Propositions
  • Postulate What Has to Be Proved
  • Yield Admissions Through Questions
  • Make Your Opponent Angry
  • Questions in Detouring Order
  • Take Advantage of the Nay-Sayer
  • Generalize Admissions of Specific Cases
  • Choose Metaphors Favourable to Your Proposition
  • Agree to Reject the Counter-Proposition
  • Claim Victory Despite Defeat
  • Use Seemingly Absurd Propositions
  • Arguments Ad Hominem
  • Defense Through Subtle Distinction
  • Interrupt, Break, Divert the Dispute
  • Generalize the Matter, Then Argue Against it
  • Draw Conclusions Yourself
  • Meet Him With a Counter-Argument as Bad as His
  • Petitio principii
  • Make Him Exaggerate His Statement
  • State a False Syllogism
  • Find One Instance to the Contrary
  • Turn the Tables
  • Anger Indicates a Weak Point
  • Persuade the Audience, Not the Opponent
  • Diversion
  • Appeal to Authority Rather Than Reason
  • This Is Beyond Me
  • Put His Thesis into Some Odious Category
  • It Applies in Theory, but Not in Practice
  • Don't Let Him Off the Hook
  • Will Is More Effective Than Insight
  • Bewilder Your opponent by Mere Bombast
  • A Faulty Proof Refutes His Whole Position
  • Become Personal, Insulting, Rude (argumentum ad personam)

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Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a b...

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