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 Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, What’s It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the bestselling The Pig that Wants to be Eaten, Do They Think You’re Stupid?, The Ego Trick, The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think, Freedom Regained, and the bestselling How The World Thinks, all published by Granta Books. He has written for various newspapers, magazines, academic journals and think tanks. His website is

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