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Don’t expect to learn how to win arguments by reading law professor Stanley Fish’s treatise. His main premise is that arguments pervade every aspect of life, never truly end and, therefore, cannot have a victor – at least, not a permanent victor. If you accept the certainty of argument and embrace it as all encompassing, you have clear motivation to get better at “argumentation.” At the least, you might learn to avoid the most fruitless of all arguments – those with your partner or spouse. Fish writes more about the philosophy of argument than practical techniques, but if the way discourse unfolds intrigues you, getAbstract – while always politically neutral – thinks you’ll enjoy his compelling exploration of why and how people disagree.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why argument, not agreement, is the natural state of humanity; and
  • What types of arguments emerge in politics, law, marriage and academia.
 

About the Author

Award-winning professor and former dean Stanley Fish teaches law at universities in New York and Florida. He also wrote the bestseller How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One.

 

Summary

The Natural State of Argument
People may strive to get along and cooperate but, eventually, argument prevails. Even when parties reach a resolution, their agreement rarely lasts. International agreements, peace accords, trade deals and other covenants, no matter how solemnly undertaken...

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    A. John 3 months ago
    Perhaps the title of the content is an intended psychological tactic for "top-of-mind" effect due to the perceived conflict some have between it and the contents. I agree that it could be finessed to better reflect the intent of the author.

    Interesting nonetheless.

    Thank you.
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    Dragomir Izgarevic 1 year ago
    The book might be about winning the arguments, but I couldn't find any tips on this subject in this summary, only descriptions of different types of arguments.
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    Daniel Carbary 1 year ago
    Liberal garbage...
    I'd like to know what Bible translation the 'writer' uses. I've, literally, read the Bible dozens of times and have never read of Adam and Eve arguing over Eve's independence. RIDICULOUS liberal garbage...
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    Yasmin Alberto 1 year ago
    OK - so now I know the various types of arguments... now how do I win them? Not a helpful book at all.
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    Natasia Mc Mahon 1 year ago
    The summary seems almost repetitive. I'm grateful for the summary if it's a reflection of the book. Perhaps the author should not have used that title. It clearly is misaligned to the expected content.
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    Natasia Mc Mahon 1 year ago
    The summary seems almost repetitive. I'm grateful for the summary if it's a reflection of the book. Perhaps the author should not have used that title. It clearly is misaligned to the expected content.
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    Erica Rauzin 1 year ago
    I think the problem isn't that the abstract doesn't reflect the title, but that the title doesn't entirely reflect the book. The abstract is a reflection - in fact, a summary - of the contents of the book. We agreed that the title suggests that the book offers help with triumphing in an argument, which is why our recommendation begins, "Don’t expect to learn how to win arguments by reading law professor Stanley Fish’s treatise." This is, as several readers note correctly, a book about argument, itself, and types of arguments, not about how to achieve a victory in an argument. We appreciate your comments - no argument there. Erica Meyer Rauzin, Senior Managing Editor, getAbstract
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    Ajit Philkhana 1 year ago
    The abstract is not a reflection of the title of the book
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    Alireza Ghazaei Ardekani 2 years ago
    Expected more skills...!
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    Richard Pettibone 2 years ago
    Agreed with the posts
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    Jason Cowles 2 years ago
    Not helpful.
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      John Paz 2 years ago
      Agreed. Instead of actually describing what works, as the title suggests, after reading the abstract it feels like this book is more concerned with identifying the different types of argument, and expectations to participate in said arguments.
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      Daniel Carbary 1 year ago
      Second...or third, that!