Sunday, March 16, 2014

[Review] An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments written by Ali Almossawi, illustrated by Alejandro Giraldo

Read it for free here:

Rating: 4-stars
Genre: Nonfiction-Philosophy, Nonfiction-Reference
Synopsis: An illustrated book of rhetorical arguments.
Do you know what's awesome about this book? It has pictures. How many philosophy books have cute adorable pictures? Hardly any. Did I mention that it's free? This book is a good brush up of terminology for those who have studied logic or logical fallacies.

There isn't really much to say or review about this book. It's short, the book is not really for children. If you have never studied the art of argument before, the terminology and dissection of definitions might be hard to follow. Philosophy books tend to have their own style of explaining things that is extremely concise, but not particularly friendly to the average reader. You can certainly get the book for your child, but they would probably struggle with the actual text of the book, even if the pictures are perfectly understandable. Click Read more for an example.

Slippery Slope: 
"A slippery slope attempts to discredit a proposition by arguing that its acceptance will undoubtedly lead to a sequence of events, one or more of which are undesirable."

Common example:
"We shouldn't allow people uncontrolled access to the Internet. The next thing you know, they will be frequenting pornographic websites and, soon enough our entire moral fabric will disintegrate and we will be reduced to animals"


  1. I'm not particularly philosophical, but I LOVE the illustration! I'll have to check out that link.

    Thanks for following me! :)

  2. So cute! Definitely reading this later today. I've been looking for something like this, being very rusty on fallacies and not having done great in my Critical Thinking class anyhow - and what a great way to do it. <3