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BasachanyungcoLeeSytanInformal FallaciesObjectiveIDENTIFY AND AVOID Argumentum ad hominemArgumentum ad baculumArgumentum ad ignorantiam Argumentum ad misericordiamArgumentum ad populumArgumentum ad vericundiam
Strawman FallacySlippery slope FallacyRed herring Fallacy False Analogy FallacyFallacy of Complex QuestionFallacy of Petitio PrincipiiFallacy of False DilemmaARGUMENTUM AD HOMINEM argument directed to the person happens when you reject an argument by attacking the person who offered it either in pointing out a character flaw or evil intentions to destroy his credibility
Master Says:An argument must stand or fall on its own merit, who composed it is irrelevant.
ARGUMENTUM AD HOMINEM You can't believe Dan when he says the proposed policy would help the economy. He doesn't even have a job.
Candidate Jane's proposal about zoning is ridiculous. She was caught cheating on her taxes in 2003.
Jeff's argument on LeBron James' failures in the NBA finals aren't worth reading, everyone knows he is a "LeBron" hater.
Remember: Gratuitousverbal abuseor "name-calling" itself isnotanad hominemor alogical fallacy. In order to become a fallacy, the insult would need to be given as a reason for believing some conclusion.
ARGUMENTUM AD BACULUMargument that appeals to forceuses threat, intimidation and strong-arm tactics to reject the argumentan argument whereforce,coercion, or thethreat of force, is given as a justification for aconclusion
ARGUMENTUM AD BACULUMEmployee: I do not think the company should invest its money into this project.Employer: Be quiet or you will be fired.
Student: I do not think it is fair that the deadline for our essay is so soon.Teacher: Do not argue with me or I will send you to detention.ARGUMENTUM AD BACULUMAn ad baculum argument is fallacious when the punishment is not logically related to the conclusion being drawn. Many ad baculum arguments are not.
If you drive while drunk, you will be put in jail.You want to avoid going to jail.Therefore you should not drive while drunk.
The above argument would become a fallacious Ad Baculum if the conclusion stated:
Therefore youwill notdrive while drunk.ARGUMENTUM AD IGNORANTIAMargument from ignoranceasserts that a proposition is true because it has not been proven false (or vice versa)represents a type offalse dichotomyin that it excludes a 3rd option, which is that there is insufficient investigation and therefore insufficient information to prove the proposition to be either true or false.
Master Says:Just because nobody has disproved the existence of something, doesnt mean its true. If someone wants to prove the truth of something, the burden of proof is in their court.
ARGUMENTUM AD IGNORANTIAMGod exists because there hasn't been any conclusive proof to the contrary.
No concrete evidence has been revealed regarding UFOs therefore they cannot exist.
Since the class has no questions concerning the topics discussed in class, the class is ready for a test.
ARGUMENTUM AD MISERICORDIAMargument that appeals to pityafallacyin which someone tries to win support for an argument or idea by exploiting his or her opponent's feelings of pity or guilta specific kind ofappeal to emotion
ARGUMENTUM AD MISERICORDIAMYou must have graded my exam incorrectly. I studied very hard for weeks specifically because I knew my career depended on getting a good grade. If you give me a failing grade I'm ruined!
What do you mean I can't get a job here? All my friends work here! This is unfair! You're going to make me cry. How could you do this to me?ARGUMENTUM AD POPULUMargument that appeals to popularity and traditional institutionafallacious argument that concludes apropositionto be true because many or most people believe it; it alleges"If many believe so, it is so."
ARGUMENTUM AD POPULUMIn a court of law, the jury votes by majority; therefore they will always make the correct decision.
Find me anyone who shares your preposterous notion that the Sun orbits the Earth!ARGUMENTUM AD VERICUNDIAMargument that appeals to authority a special type ofinductive argumentwhich often takes the form of astatistical syllogismalthough possible for the argument from authority to constitute a strong inductive argument, arguments from authority are commonly used in a fallacious manner
Master Says:Not all appeal to authority is fallacious. It is fallacious when it is the wrong authority.
ARGUMENTUM AD VERICUNDIAMMy mom said that if the wind blows when my eyes are crossed, they will stay that way. Therefore I must not cross my eyes.
My friend will not agree with your diet advice therefore, you're wrong. STRAWMAN FALLACYwhen an argument is deliberately misrepresented to weaken it creating a strawman and passing it as the genuine argumentto create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position
STRAWMAN FALLACYAgua: The rules on alcohol consumption in the U.P. campus should be reconsidered.Bendita: Of course not! Unrestricted access to those substances will make U.P. a beerhouse!
Agua: We should spend our money wisely.Bendita: Wala kang class spirit kasi ayaw mo mag-donate sa LadyMed.SLIPPERY SLOPE FALLACYargument that proposes a long series of intermediate events as the mechanism of connection leading from A to Bheart of the fallacy lies in abusing the intuitively appreciable transitivity of implication, claiming that A leads to B, B leads to C, C leads to D etc., until one finally claims that A leads to Zwhile formally valid when the premises are taken as a given, each of those contingencies needs to be factually established before the relevant conclusion can be drawnMaster Says:There is no evidence that, if we take the first step, all the predicted consequences to the gruesome end will follow.
RED HERRING FALLACYa fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issueadeliberateattempt to divert a process of enquiry by changing the subject
FALSE ANALOGY FALLACYaninformal fallacyapplying toinductiveargumentsoften mistakenly considered to be aformal fallacy, but it is not, because a false analogy consists of an error in the substance of an argument (the content of the analogy itself), not an error in the logical structure of the argument
FALLACY OF COMPLEX QUESTIONthe fallacy of phrasing a question that, by the way it is worded, assumes something not contextually granted, assumes something not true, or assumes a false dichotomy
FALLACY OF COMPLEX QUESTIONHave you stopped cheating on exams?Where did you hide the cookies you stole?FALLACY OF PETITIO PRINCIPIItype oflogical fallacyin which thepropositionto be proven is assumed implicitly or explicitly in thepremisethe fallacy of assuming as a premise a statement which has the same meaning as the conclusionnot that the inference is invalid (because any statement is indeed equivalent to itself), but that the argument can be deceptive.premise must have a different source of reason, ground or evidence for its truth from that of the conclusion.
FALLACY OF PETITIO PRINCIPIISince I'm not lying, it follows that I'm telling the truth.
We know that God exists, since the Bible says God exists. What the Bible says must be true, since God wrote it and God never lies.FALLACY OF FALSE DILEMMAa type of logical fallacythat involves a situation in which only two alternatives are considered, when in fact there are additional options (sometimes shades of grey between the extremes)can arise intentionally, when fallacy is used in an attempt to force a choice ("If you are not with us, you are against us.") can also arise simply by accidental omission of additional options rather than by deliberate deception
FALLACY OF FALSE DILEMMAEither we ban boxing or hundreds of young men will be senselessly killed.FALLACY OF FALSE DILEMMAA third alternative is to change boxing's rules or equipment.NON SEQUITURAll fallacious arguments share one thing: the conclusion does not follow from the premise setthe conclusion could be either true or false, but the argument is fallacious because there is a disconnection between the premise and the conclusionNon sequitur = blanket term
Master Says:If you suspect a fallacy, and you have forgotten the name, call it a non sequitur.