Do They Think You're Stupid? | Granta

  • Published: 04/03/2010
  • ISBN: 9781847080837
  • 129x20mm
  • 352 pages

Do They Think You’re Stupid?

Julian Baggini

This companion volume to The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten provides another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy. This time the focus is on the bad argumentative moves people use all the time, in politics, the media and everyday life. Each entry takes as its starting point an example of questionable reasoning from the media or literature, and, as with The Pig …, the reader is given plenty to chew on and work through for themselves.

By far the most useful book to have beside you when assessing all the arguments and assertions made during an election

David Aaronovitch, The Times

A curiosity cabinet of spurious reasoning and spin ... Every society needs its guardian of good sense: Baggini is ours

Financial Times

Taken together, the techniques outlined in his 100 short chapters provide a perfect defence against quackery, superstition, distortion, dissimulation and nonsense of all kinds

London Review of Books

The Author

JULIAN BAGGINI‘s books include the Sunday Times bestselling How the World Thinks; How to Think Like a Philosopher; The Virtues of the Table; and the bestselling The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, all published by Granta Books. He has served as the Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and is a member of the Food Ethics Council. He has written for the Guardian, the TLS, the Financial Times and Prospect, among others, and for magazines, academic journals and think tanks. His website is

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