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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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Point perfect in The Argument

This is a fabulous read/listen for anyone who sees irrationality all around them, though when they point it out, is hounded by the utterly irrational sophist that hangs like a dark cloud over ever rational debate.

This book helps us to understand The Argument, to understand the rain of sophistry that eventually comes down on a reasonable debate when an opponant can't refute an uncomfortable truth. It helps us understand their vicious irrational, incapable acceptence of truth, and it teaches us how to deal with these lost souls.

Not only are we taught to understand The argument, but dotted throughout is a plethora of social issues that cause debate and the eventual encounter of sophistry, but I found it helped me understand these social issues further myself.

If you want to fight for truth, to rid the world of the continued brainwashing and purposeful dumbing down of future generations, the driving out of their ability to think for themselves, read this book, then pass it on. Not just physically, but pass on Molyeux's exceptional wisdom in ever day life by telling others, by not being afraid to fight for truth.

I'd recommend this to anyone who's not only into philosophy, but anyone who believes the lies are getting to much, lies that are lately beginning to overshadow the truth. We need brave people to spread this wisdom, regardless how much resistance you encounter.

The Art of the Argument could be one of the most important books of our time. Five stars from me.

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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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Something to ponder...

The density of the content is so high that listening to it once is not enough. As someone who listened to the author's shows for years, none of it was new to me. :)

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A solid explanation of Stefan's mindset.

Also many of the best arguments from his videos are here. I recommend getting both the Kindle and audiobook, especially now that Stefan can't use YouTube.

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Read this book

Amazing, join the fight for logic and rationality now. Well written, well read, well worth reading.

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Brilliant and Necessary

Thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing. Made me appreciate the argument for what it is. I needed to hear this.

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Outstanding arguments!

A seriously powerful book with depth, clarity and vigor right throughout.
This is a great advance for reason and overall mind blowing work.
To me, this is Stefan's greatest work to date along side Universally Preferable Behaviour.
It strikes at the heart of the problems we're facing like a knife.
Even if you've never read his other works or are new to philosophy, I would recommend it as he breaks down and builds up his arguments from the ground up, in detail with great imaginative examples that I really enjoyed.
I was put off at first by how short the book is, but having finished it was surprised how much is packed into this bomb of a book.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand logic, reason, science, philosophy politics and psychology. He has most of it covered here and it's very important information that we all can benefit from. "Philosophy is dangerous" speech is in here, and it really moved me.
This book is dangerous because it will upset many sophists around you. That's what makes it so important. I am really impressed and I think it will impress any rational mind.

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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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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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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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  • Bryan Schneiders
  • 21-12-17

Verbose

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

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  • RyanJ
  • 20-01-18

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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  • Justin
  • 24-09-18

Important message, awkward reading

Stefan Molyneux has an evocative and florid style in his writing. Unfortunately, the audiobook’s effect is lessened by his own reading of it. In short, he reads the entire book like it’s a Captain Kirk monologue. Filled with mid-phrase pauses, sudden shifts in tempo, and wide ranges in dynamics, Molyneux’s overly dramatic reading goes to distract from the message of the book rather than enhance or stress his points. It took me very long to get through this book for that very reason.

Point of the book: argumentation is the basis for peaceful resolution of conflict and cooperation. Convince one another through reason, or else fall pray to sophistry - irrational attempts to suppress reason through manipulation, lies, aggression, etc. Therefore argue for truth. Argue for the argument. And be willing to change your own mind if the face of truth and reason.

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  • Joshua A.
  • 31-01-18

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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  • Jason Horst
  • 12-09-21

Packed with knowledge

Loved every minute of this book. Stefan has explained the elements of argumentation like no other author. Highly recommend this book and his freedom domain Radio / podcasts.

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  • Katherine G. Peterson
  • 28-02-21

Great Book

Although I don’t agree with everything in this book, Molyneux does a great job showing how argument can be an awesome tool if used correctly and how people often are not using a real argument, which is what makes it more challenging (and even impossible) for both sides.

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  • Tim Wesner
  • 11-07-20

Great example why liberals are idiots

The book is a little redundant in it's explanations however this to me is a psychological tool to reinforce it's educational purposes. He's an amazing philosopher and I've only ever seen him struggle with one person in an argument. It was a pompus ignorant liberal who just kept talking over him to drown out his very valid points. Liberals won't like it cause they got their heads so far up their own asses they won't comprehend the lessons as well as the concepts he's presenting. He does use liberalism as an example of how not to argue and shows their inability to debate or think. But that's to be expected since they are naturally emotion based and just plain morons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-20

Worthy not just of listening, but of studying

I hope as many people as possible get exposed to the substantial lessons of this brilliant work. Deep, meticulous, precise, nothing missing, nothing redundant. A must listen.

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  • Refreshing Lime
  • 03-05-20

Ignore Leftist activists/SJWs

The book is about logic, objective reasoning and rationality. On a deeper level, it is suggesting that many people get lost in their own arguments while never stepping back to engage in thought about that which they are arguing for. It is also an essential guide for escaping and defending oneself against manipulators and abusers. Speaking of which, you will find the typical SJW activists in the review section here, all making political statements while (ironically) complaining that the author made some political statements. It's disingenuous for a cult of unhinged political activists to assert that using a political example in the book is off-limits. These aren't reviews of the book, these are political attacks and faux arguments from manipulators - exactly what the book helps to identify and protect against.

If you are interested in being honest with both yourself and others, and having better relationships and communication, then this is an essential handbook from the most insightful philosopher of our time. And like all great truth tellers, he has many ignorant haters who want to shun him for suggesting that the world is not flat.

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  • JoyfulJ
  • 23-01-20

enterformative

Entertaining and informative...not quite what I was thinking...I was looking for a different approach to The Socratic method...

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