Summary of Winning Arguments
What Works and Doesn’t Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom
Argument defines the world and everything in it.
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.
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4 weeks agoArea of improvement identified, what would be the next step for Winning the Arugments
1 month agoAgreed with the posts
4 months agoNot helpful.
4 months agoAgreed. 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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