Logic Books Will Teach You How To Argue.

Logic Books Will Teach You How To Argue.

New year, new arguments.  Read these logic books to learn how to put together a solid argument.

Logic Books will help you improve your English language skills and learn to overcome fallacies too?  English and logic dont always go together, however this list will help you develop a consistent, logical argument anywhere.

1. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments – Ali Almossawi

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Do you want to learn how to create flawless logical argument? Don’t know where to begin? Then you need to read An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. The cute pictures (illustrations) of small errors in reasoning chosen by the author show you where it’s easy to slip.  From an information engineer at Mozilla, this is a Best Seller in logic books.

By understanding the common mistakes in reasoning and when they occur you can learn to avoid them. The simple illustrations are a great way to emphasize the irregularities in logic. And the small character animals also make it easier for you to remember the faulty reasoning mistakes not to make.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments gives you the first step in learning to have a rational and logical argument by showing you the common mistakes and how to avoid them in a cute and memorable book.

2. A Rulebook for Arguments – Anthony Weston

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A Rulebook for Arguments will show you how to construct logical arguments in order to sustain your conclusion. It is an elegantly organized book that walks you through logical reasoning from how to form an idea to develop it to become a logical algorithm that supports it. Each step is thoroughly explained and illustrated in order to help you get a better understanding of how to better conceive and sustain your thesis.

This book helps you form clean and organized arguments that will support your case. A Rulebook for Arguments offers support for written papers. But the algorithms of thinking and organizing your arguments will also help you in speeches and simple discussions with friends.

3. Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic – Michael Withey

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Often we find ourselves in a situation where we know that our arguments are logical and true, but the simple use of a fallacy; a true statement with an incorrect content; throws us out of the debate because all of a sudden our reasoning doesn’t make sense. Its frustrating. This is why it is important to be able to recognize fallacies.

Mastering Logical Fallacies not only shows you how to recognize them, but also how to battle them in an argument. This book breaks down fallacies into logical steps and also puts them into real life situations for better understanding.

Knowing how to dismantle fallacies can give you the upper hand in an argument. Now you can introduce logical and rational arguments into the discussion, and furthermore, sustain your case, argument or thesis with flow.

4. How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday – Gerry Spence

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Arguing a point it’s not only for scholars and lawyers. Making a valid point every time you talk to someone makes you look smart and confident. Former trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, takes his experience with arguing out of the court room and teaches us how to build an argument in order to win.

He proposes an affirmative action type of strategy. Everyone can have a successful argument with a structured and patient pace. The author outlines the “Locks” in a conversation as the objections the other person has and the “Keys” are the way to rebut their argument.

How to Argue & Win Every Time shows you how easy it is to form an argument and then to sustain it without being thrown by your opponent.

5. Critique of Pure Reason – Immanuel Kant

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Immanuel Kant is the author and philosopher who stands at the base of modern logical thinking. He introduces the concept of analytic and synthetic judgments. The first having an implied or predictable subject, and the second needing more specification. Kant states that reasoning begins with analytic judgments, but synthetic ones are needed on complicated matters.

Critique of Pure Reason is a more scholarly logic book that everybody should read once in a lifetime. Even if they are not that interested in logical reasoning. Even if we are unaware of it, Kant has effectively developed the system we are using today to argue in our society.

The clear and elegant construction of reasoning Kant presents is a valid point of view for everyone that wants to understand how speech and critical thinking work.

6. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument – Stella Cottrell

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Critical Thinking Skills is another logic book that helps you develop your critical skills by breaking down the process into easy understandable steps. Also, this author gives you clear examples and stimulates you with exercises in order to practice your skills.

This book is perfect for all those who try to learn logical reasoning and critical thinking in an organized and way. The exercises at the end of every step help you understand faster where your problems are and how to correct them. Also, by solving them you will introduce critical thinking into day to day life without having to try too hard.

7. How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody – Abby Covert

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Abby Covert brings a new concept to the critical thinking field: information architecture, and talks about it through the perspective of the real practical world. Information architecture teaches you how to be more organized with information. It also assists you to understand the information around you faster.

How to Make Sense of Any Mess has a seven step process that will help you sort new information in valuable and practical ways. It includes exercises that are great for organizing your train of thought, speech and life. Read this book so you will have a more organized speech because you will know what information is valuable for the point you are making.

Feminist Books Read by Emma Watson

Feminist Books Read by Emma Watson

WhyToRead kicks off 2017 with a review of some feminist books from Emma Watson’s (of Harry Potter fame) reading list of 2016. Emma is a noted feminist and interested in women’s rights. Some books may be a bit radical for your taste, some will be enjoyed by everyone.  Strong women, success stories, overcoming challenges are always interesting and provide opportunity to learn something.

Remember, reading something a bit different is good for the brain.  What’s good for the brain keeps us alive.

1. My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem is well known as a feminist, political activist, writer and co-founder of Ms. magazine. She came to prominence as a feminist leader in late 1960s and 1970s through her work in the women’s liberation movement. But how did she become such a prominent feminist figure? Steinem provides an answer to that question in her book My Life on the Road published in 2015. This is a honest memoir about her life spent on the road. First through her childhood with her family, then later as an activist, speaker, organizer and journalist. As she describes her life on the road she also describes her personal growth and the growth of the ongoing movement for equality and fight for a better society. This is a book about one woman’s journey. A woman who is constantly trying to change our word for better.

2. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center – bell hooks

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bell hooks (no capitals!) is the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, an African- American author, feminist and activist. During her professional life she published more than 30 books on topics of patriarchy, masculinity, sexuality, black men, etc.
In Feminist Theory, originally published in 1984, bell hooks writes about the goals of the feminist movement. Bell covers the role of men in the feminist struggle, solidarity among women, the nature of revolution and the relevance of pacifism.  She coins the term white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy and through it criticizes American culture.  In contrast, she also offers potential solutions to the topics she explores.
This is a carefully argued book in which hooks argues that feminism needs to move on from seeking credibility and reliance on white middle-class women.  A great work written by an African- American feminist.  It provides a different approach to feminism and feminist books.

3. Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit; Making the most of all of your life. – Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda is many things. The daughter of actor Henry Fonda, actress, writer, political activist, and fitness guru, just to name few. She won an Academy Award and BAFTA Award twice in her acting career. In 1982 she made and released her first workout video that became the highest-selling video of the time. She is an author of several books on different subjects. In Prime Time published in 2011 Jane Fonda writes about her midlife and beyond. She explores and gives advice on how to become energetic, loving, and what is the most important, fulfilled selves. By combining her own personal experiences and experiences of other people with new research, Fonda outlines 11 key ingredients to vitality. Some of them are: exercise and diet, forging new ways in the brain, staying connected, loving and giving of oneself. An empowering book that offers an insight how to have the best and fullest life all your life. This is definitely a book for everyone past their childhood.

4. Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl: A memoir – Carrie Brownstein

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Carrie Brownstein is American musician, actress, and comedian. She became known as a musician as a member of a band Excuse 17. After that she formed punk-indie trio Slater-Kinney who was also a key part of early riot-girrrl and indie rock scene. Currently she is popular due her co-development and starring in TV comedy Portlandia. Brownstein was also the only woman listed on Rolling Stones readers’ list “25 Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time” in 2006.
Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl is her memoir. It is deeply personal and it uncovers Brownstein’s life from her youth to becoming a successful comic performer. She writes about her love for music and how she became a pioneering female guitarist. This book is an intimate voyage in the world of independent music and music industry. An amazing story about what is like to be a woman in the music industry. A must read for all music and pop culture fans.

5. The Girl with the Lower back Tattoo – Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer is American writer stand-up comedian, actress and producer. She has been nominated and received awards for her writing, performing and acting in different comedies and TV-shows.
In her autobiography (not memoirs, as she says in the Preface) The Girl with the Lower back Tattoo Schumer provides funny insight into her life so far. From her teenage years onward, she is writes about her family, relationships and sex. She even writes a letter to her vagina. Besides being funny her recount is so honest and filled with amazing memories. Readers will definitely learn and admire how Amy became a woman who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.  A must read for all Amy Schumer fans. Also, those who like strong and independent women will also enjoy this lightly feminist book.

6. Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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First published in 1992, Women Who Run With the Wolves has become a classic on the psychology of women. Over 600 pages long, psychologist Dr Estés has created a lexicon of female psyche. She writes about psychology of women in its truest sense.
In this magnificent book Dr. Estés unravels fairy tales, stories and intercultural myths to help women to reconnect with their lost nature. Through different stories, tales and myths and her comments she examines the Wild Woman in order to fully understand her. This is a book for all women who are interested to work on themselves. It’s a book for all brave women who want to dig deep into themselves. And a road map to a women’s instinctual self.

7. Self-Made Man: One Women’s Year Disguised as a Man – Norah Vincent

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Norah Vincent is an American writer and a journalist who writes for many well-known US newspapers. In 2003 she decided to take a leave from her writing and spend eighteen months working and dating – in drag as a man. The result of this decision was a book that became a New York Times bestseller. She writes of her experience of frequenting sex clubs, dating women who are bitter about man, but still hungry for love and being a part of men’s world. Vincent’s writing provides interesting insight into the world of men apart from and in relation to women. It also reveals some mysteries of gender identity.
Written with (necessary) humor this is an interesting book about the world of man as no woman has ever seen before. ED: perhaps not a feminist book, but definitely worth a read by even the most harden feminist. Know thy enemy and all that.

8. Mom & Me & Mom – Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou was American writer and civil right activist. She is best known for her first of seven autobiographies I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (foreword by Oprah Winfrey) in which she wrote about her early life up to age seventeen. Mom & Me & Mom is the 7th book in this series of autobiographies. It is also the deepest of them, because in it Angelou shares her personal story about her complex relationship with her mother.
It is Angelou’s recount of what was like being a daughter of Vivian Baxter, a nurse and a card dealer. Someone who was mostly absent from Angelou’s life during her early childhood. This is a tale of growing up without mother and about feelings of abandonment, but it is also a story about reconciliation. The reader will gain interesting insights into fragile mother daughter relationship.

Ok, so maybe few these books are truly feminist books. However they do feature strong women and serious feminine issues and relationships. We hope you read one today.