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The Art of the Argument

Western Civilization's Last Stand
Written by: Stefan Molyneux
Narrated by: Stefan Molyneux
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
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The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods, and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, The Art of the Argument smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.

Civilization is defined by our willingness and ability to use words instead of fists - in the absence of reason, violence rules. The Art of the Argument gives you the intellectual ammunition - in one concentrated, entertaining and powerful package - to engage in truly productive, civilization-saving debates. Armed with this book, you will be empowered to speak truth to power, illuminate ignorance, shatter delusions, and expose the dangerous sophists within your own life, and around the world.

©2017 Stefan Molyneux (P)2017 Stefan Molyneux

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Good information about debate, I would prefer someone else narrate

The information about debating/arguing I found useful. I had heard the term sophist but never truly understood what it meant and the ideas behind it. The only issue I had was with the narration. I would have preferred someone else narrate. Normally, I would take breaks when I want to digest the content I have heard but this book I took breaks because of the narrator’s performance.

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A very rational book

If you want to understand why many people no longer argue, but slander.

If you want to improve, read this book

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Digressions as a Form of Argument

It seemed like Stefan was going somewhere, but constant digressions and loss of focus, or even to discuss argument, let alone the art of argument, made this the worst purchase so far...perhaps it's the title that is misleading.

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Great narration as usual

Dramatic narration and very pertinent talking points for the modern North American debate. Stefan let's his love for theater and drama shine through in his voice. Shivers up my spine were felt more than once.

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Stefans voice rings through with clarity

the narrator and writer Stefan Molyneux does wonders to bring clarity and perspective to the political and ideological states of the world in order to educate and guide toward a more rational world

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Stefan Molyneux at his best!!!

Amazingly well put together and highly informative. highly recommend to anyone who is looking for tips on how to debate against leftist ideology.

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save your credit!!!

Read the righteous mind by Jonathan Haidt instead. I'm amazed at all of these high ratings.

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  • Bryan Schneiders
  • Round Hill, VA
  • 2017-12-21

Verbose

Redundant explanations made the book twice as long as necessary. Otherwise good content and performance.

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  • RyanJ
  • Buffalo
  • 2018-01-20

Annoying

I thought this would be a book about the principles of argument. It was actually more a philosophical discussion of the concept of argument. I couldn’t finish because the book was unnecessarily wordy to the point where it was annoying. After 3 hours of what I can best describe as rambling (though the rambling may have some great philosophical perspectives), it is really somewhat pointless. The writing style paints the author as overwhelmingly arrogant as well.

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  • Tyrone N. Turner
  • Savannah GA
  • 2017-11-28

Biased

By its title, this book presents itself as a guide to argue effectively. It doesn’t take long however, to discover the true intent of the author, which is to—by no means of persuasion—tell you of the many flaws of liberalism.

I waited patiently for the author to use an example where conservatism has gone astray but there was no such instance. I’m no expert in debate, but aren’t you supposed to be able to argue your opponent’s position?

This is an opinion piece. Many times throughout this book, I felt as though someone were ranting at me, sprinkling in the word “argument” as a means to defend the title. I finished the book, mostly because I was amused at how far the author would take his rant. He did not relent and instead of learning how to argue, I learned how much this man despises liberal principles.

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  • Robin Almquist
  • 2018-02-08

Not at all what was promised.

This book is not about arguments at all, and does not give you any tools for winning arguments like promised. Instead it is a cheap rant about the authors current political opponents. The book feels like an unedited transcript of an episode of Free Domain Radio, with all the logical falacies still left in.

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  • Eric A. Williams
  • 2017-12-18

Arrogance abounds as arguments are almost absent

The writer uses strong auditory delivery to mask poorly developed content. About 15 percent of the book is consistent with the title. The rest is a dramatic presentation of self aggrandizement. The author is clearly intelligent (because he tells us repeatedly). It was like listening to a mock version of The Dating Game comprised of three bloviating members of Mensa (sorry/not sorry to let the secret out).

Save your money or buy Bo Bennett’s Logically Fallacious.

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  • Joshua A.
  • 2018-01-31

like an extra long podcast

I listen to free domain radio every day, so listening to Stefan speak for 5 hours was no difficult feat. this book has some great arguments and ideas in it. it's worth listening to a few times over.

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  • Justin
  • 2018-09-24

Important message, awkward reading

Stefan Molyneux has an evocative and florid style in his writing. Unfortunately, the audiobook’s effect is lessened by his own reading of it. In short, he reads the entire book like it’s a Captain Kirk monologue. Filled with mid-phrase pauses, sudden shifts in tempo, and wide ranges in dynamics, Molyneux’s overly dramatic reading goes to distract from the message of the book rather than enhance or stress his points. It took me very long to get through this book for that very reason.

Point of the book: argumentation is the basis for peaceful resolution of conflict and cooperation. Convince one another through reason, or else fall pray to sophistry - irrational attempts to suppress reason through manipulation, lies, aggression, etc. Therefore argue for truth. Argue for the argument. And be willing to change your own mind if the face of truth and reason.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-14

Great Book, but way to political

I had hoped that Stefan would keep his personal politics (which I agree with btw) out of this Book. The book has a very inspirational and important message, and I am afraid that many people won't get it, because of the use of extremely politically charged examples.
Therefore I have mixed feelings about it.

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  • Christopher O'Donoghue
  • 2019-06-19

Decent points but poorly written

This book only somewhat does what it proposes based on its title and opening chapter. It describes the importance of valid arguments fairly well, but then ruins the point by presenting arguments that don’t adhere to the same rules he communicates. The book also clearly has a political agenda. As more of a left-leaning centrist I recognize that he has some conservative views that I agree with and some issues with liberalism with which I don’t agree, but he frames the liberal belief system as primarily being based on flawed and/or invalid arguments but makes general statements with regard to conservative views as to not disparage them. It entirely contradicts the supposed point of the book. If we are are supposed to rely on the argument, then his own biased opinion should have been tempered in this book (maybe they were?).

He should have kept his opinions to himself and focused on the topic of the book... or at least what the topic was supposed to be.

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  • Musical Origins
  • 2019-01-11

Narrator Over the Top

The narration in this book was so emotional that it greatly reduced the impact of its arguments, which were not strong to start with.

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