Friday, March 30, 2012

Always losing arguments? Don’t despair – there’s hope out there

It doesn’t matter if you’re a husband, wife, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, or the head of your high school debate team – a well presented argument is a must in order to win. One of the best people to read how to present your case is Arthur Schopenhauer. Take a minute and check it out. You never know. You might learn something.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), was a brilliant German philosopher. These 38 Stratagems are excerpts from "The Art of Controversy", first translated into English and published in 1896.

Schopenhauer's 38 ways to win an argument are:

  1. Carry your opponent's proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. The more general your opponent's statement becomes, the more objections you can find against it. The more restricted and narrow his or her propositions remain, the easier they are to defend by him or her.

  2. Use different meanings of your opponent's words to refute his or her argument.

  3. Ignore your opponent's proposition, which was intended to refer to a particular thing. Rather, understand it in some quite different sense, and then refute it. Attack something different than that which was asserted. READ THE REST HERE

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