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The Duck That Won the Lottery: 100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

The Duck That Won the Lottery: 100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

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By (author) Julian Baggini

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  • Publisher: New American Library
  • Format: Paperback | 321 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0452295416
  • ISBN 13: 9780452295414
  • Sales rank: 90,409

Product description

From the author of the "hugely entertaining"("Publishers Weekly") "The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten," lessons in debunking the faulty arguments we hear every day This latest book from the pop philosophy author of "The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten" tackles an endlessly fascinating area of popular debate-the faulty argument. Julian Baggini provides a rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating, and entertaining quotes from a wide range of famous people in politics, the media, and entertainment, including Donald Rumsfeld, Emma Thompson, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and Chris Martin. Each entry takes as its starting point an example of highly questionable-though oddly persuasive-reasoning from a broad variety of subjects. As Baggini teases out the logic in the illogical, armchair philosophers and aficionados of the absurd will find themselves nodding their heads as they laugh out loud. "The Duck That Won the Lottery" is perfect fodder for any cocktail party and pure pleasure for anyone who loves a good brain twister.

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Julian Baggini is the editor of The Philosopher's Magazine.

Review quote

"Jullian Baggini has come to the rescue...the prolific philosopher's latest work is a curiosity cabinet of spurious reasoning and spin"--Financial Times