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The Art of Controversy (or The Art of Being Right)

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

1. 01 - Preliminary: Logic and Dialectic
2. 02 - The Basis of All Dialectic
3. 03 - Strategems 1 to 10
4. 04 - Stratagems 11 to 20
5. 05 - Strategems 21 to 30
6. 06 - Strategems 31 to 38
7. 07 - On the Comparative Place of Interest and Beauty in Works of Art
8. 08 - Psychological Observations
9. 09 - On the Wisdom of Life: Aphorisms
10. 10 - Genius and Virtue

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The Art of Controversy (or The Art of Being Right) (Die Kunst, Recht zu Behalten) is a short treatise written in 1831 by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in which he presents thirty-eight methods of gaining an unfair advantage in a debate and thereby being right even if you are wrong. Schopenhauer champions the virtue of dialectical argument, in his view wrongly neglected by philosophers in favour of logic, and goes on to discuss the distinction between our conscious intellectual powers and our will. The text is a favourite of debaters including the philosophers AC Grayling and Mary Warnock, and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.



Essential reading.