In recent years, a host of new logical systems have emerged which allow us to do things Aristotle's system cannot.
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Proving that an argument is invalid (ideally by showing that it ends in a logical contradiction) is one of the most effective ways to destroy an opponent's case.
Far from being some form of esoteric knowledge, critical thinking turns out to be one of the more easy-to-learn and pragmatic skills available to all. Or at least all those willing to put in the reasonable amount of work needed to achieve success.
For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.
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