The Duck That Won the Lottery by Julian Baggini
100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

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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.


 

About Julian Baggini

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JULIAN BAGGINI is the cofounding editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine. He writes regularly for The Guardian in the UK and is the author of The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten and coauthor of Do You Think What You Think You Think?
 
Published March 30, 2009 by Plume. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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He commits one of his own errors at least once: the claim that "The intelligentsia has never been keen on the war on terror" can only be rescued from sheer falsity, I suppose, by understanding the contemptuous qualifier "liberal" to adhere to "intelligentsia", but even then it remains just the ki...

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