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The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods, and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, The Art of the Argument smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.

Civilization is defined by our willingness and ability to use words instead of fists - in the absence of reason, violence rules. The Art of the Argument gives you the intellectual ammunition - in one concentrated, entertaining and powerful package - to engage in truly productive, civilization-saving debates. Armed with this book, you will be empowered to speak truth to power, illuminate ignorance, shatter delusions, and expose the dangerous sophists within your own life, and around the world.

©2017 Stefan Molyneux (P)2017 Stefan Molyneux

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like an extra long podcast

I listen to free domain radio every day, so listening to Stefan speak for 5 hours was no difficult feat. this book has some great arguments and ideas in it. it's worth listening to a few times over.

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Annoying

I thought this would be a book about the principles of argument. It was actually more a philosophical discussion of the concept of argument. I couldn’t finish because the book was unnecessarily wordy to the point where it was annoying. After 3 hours of what I can best describe as rambling (though the rambling may have some great philosophical perspectives), it is really somewhat pointless. The writing style paints the author as overwhelmingly arrogant as well.

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Verbose

Redundant explanations made the book twice as long as necessary. Otherwise good content and performance.

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  • Amy Grego
  • New Haven, IN United States
  • 01-07-18

Absolute must read

Have you listened to any of Stefan Molyneux’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have been a fan on YouTube for a couple of years. Even after all the exposure I have had to Stefan Molyneux in the past, I was blown away by the brilliance. Aside from some references to current events, I can see this being a classic studied by students around the globe in 50 years and beyond. Of course, that assumes we win the argument now.

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Arrogance abounds as arguments are almost absent

The writer uses strong auditory delivery to mask poorly developed content. About 15 percent of the book is consistent with the title. The rest is a dramatic presentation of self aggrandizement. The author is clearly intelligent (because he tells us repeatedly). It was like listening to a mock version of The Dating Game comprised of three bloviating members of Mensa (sorry/not sorry to let the secret out).

Save your money or buy Bo Bennett’s Logically Fallacious.

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the art of review

This book contains a lot of very good information that I am going to share with as many people as I can. It explains a lot of negative drama that is going on in the world today and gives us all tools on how to fix it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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much needed logic

in this world of feelings, we must not forget to use logic, and common sense, with out it, we succumb to communism, and socialism, we must remember the art of the argument, and this book is much needed water to our thirsty pallet.

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Well written and read but...

the writer / performer did an excellent job of cleary conveying complex concepts in a way that the "average" reader could understand. The majority of the book covers common debate tactics by using generalized if not mundane arguments. Such as, "a person cannot begin an argument by stating the number one is the same as the number ten and come to a reasonable conclusion". Fine with me, a good example. However, the writing and format of the book at times seem like a disingenuous rouse to further the writers right wing leanings. How else do the examples of arguments turn from "gravity exists" to "the nanny state encourages single motherhood"? I will grant when the writer makes some valid arguments on these matters, but question if they belong in a book that in no way warns the reader they are about to embark on a political narrative.

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The greatest book of my entire audible collection!

Delivered in such a way that I lost time. Wonderfully skilled writer and narrator. I wish I could forget it. So I could read it call over again.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent workman

Have been a fan of Stephan's for a few months now and I have been waiting for this book for about a month now. It didn't disappoint. It was a but shorter than expected especially coming from Stephan. But Ina positive note there was no fluff. He kept it concise and only minimal tangential diversion. This was more a 101 noon explaining the art itself. Not a book on strategies to win arguments or more specific topics. I would definitely like to see a follow-up to this with more advanced strategies

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  • Ras
  • 12-28-17

Very shallow with few wise points to say only

The author has some intellectual investment and he has a few good arguments which I cannot deny their common sense value. However, overall this book is full of shallow information and it seriously lacks an academic depth. It rhetorically appeals to feelings of layman. This is not necessarily a bad thing but the book markets itself with higher expectations. Besides, its title is misleading and extremely overrates the value of the book.The author starts with demeaning all academic knowledge on argumentation but then engage himself with them in a very primitive way to support his cases. I do not claim that the book is devoid of any meaningful points. However, the book's points can easily be captured in half an hour. It does not say much about argumentation per se. Rather, the book emphasises the value of argumentation as a means of proper political discussions, which are then used to promote liberalism as if all against liberalism were sophists. I am open to all political ideas and I wish to hear their merits and weaknesses. I had known beforehand that the author has political biases but the lack of depth of his arguments frustrated and bored me. I definitely do not recommend this book to anyone who wants to read intellectually engaging material. I was misled by many high ratings given to this book.

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  • Ross
  • 12-30-17

beware

Disappointingly partisan, falling foul to many logical errors it warns against. Still some good points if you can stomach the relentless inconsistencies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-17

Not what I was expecting.

Not what was sold in the description. One of my least favourite books. For a philosopher it almost felt like his views were being forced on me, with opinions being quickly and almost unnoticeably passed off as facts. I almost feel that the author was looking down on me and a lot of other people. Too politically linked for me, and although I didn't disagree with everything I feel the writing drifted from the title of the book.

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  • John Grandin
  • 12-31-17

Specious rubbish.

Advertises itself as an objective lesson in the subtle art of argumentation. Sadly the author defrauds the earnest pursuer of unslanted learning by delivering a series of lectures on the merits of anarcho-capitalism. If you hate single mothers, immigrants, alcoholics, the disabled and the progressive achievements of non Judeo-Christian peoples - well, then this is a book for you.

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  • rjj
  • 12-08-17

A wonderful insomnia cure

I admit that I only lasted three chapters but this wins the most boring book of the year award. it is probably a very good book to read but as an audible book it is dull.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-17

If you have a brain, you need this

Fantastic and well explained. Stefan is one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Excellent

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  • AllanJensen
  • 10-26-17

Fantastic. Important message for mankind.

The question is: do you want mankind to progress or not. This book will can provide relief of human suffering. The sharks are still in the water, but this book will help you spot them and warn others not to get eaten by them.
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  • Beth
  • 10-07-17

Just excellent. Share this book!

I listened and will listen again and again and again. I will also encourage all the people I know to listen/read this book. We really could peacefully change the world with this stuff.

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  • Stephen
  • 10-11-17

Very insightful

Long time listener of Stefan, I found this book concise and informative. Would highly recommend it to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-17

<br />A good listen. <br />

Important information.

A useful listen and a great gift for Christmas.

Several attempts may be needed to digest this hearty brain food.

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  • Stefan
  • 12-02-17

Powerful book

This book made me challange my own beliefs and perspectives enough to be annoying. you must read this book.

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  • Linda M. Cockburn
  • 10-29-17

Truly Awful

Sweeping generalizations, hypocrisy and smug arrogance. This author had a clear agenda and a strong personal bias. I was looking forward to listening to a fascinating area of discussion. It could have been good - instead it was intolerable.

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