Schopenhauer died 145 years ago. His strange essay, 'The Art of Always Being Right', was not published in full during his lifetime, though he somewhat apologetically published the introduction to it among his final collection of essays, Parerga and Paralipomena. The present edited version is based on a translation by T Bailey Saunders, published by Macmillan in 1896: thus, for most readers, it is a new work.
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.
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