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Logical Fallacies

Are Logical Fallacies Useful? | NeuroLogica Blog

Understanding the nature of argument and specific logical fallacies is a cornerstone of critical thinking. I was therefore surprised when I read an article by a philosopher, Maarten Boudry, titled: “The Fallacy Fork: Why It’s Time to Get Rid of Fallacy Theory.” Boudry lays out what he feels is a...

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Ad Hominem (Guilt by Association)

argumentum ad hominem (also known as:  association fallacy, bad company fallacy, company that you keep fallacy, they’re not like us fallacy, transfer fallacy) Description: When the source is viewed negatively because of its association with another person or group who is already viewed negatively. Logical Form: Person 1 states that...

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6 False Dichotomy Examples & How to Counter Them

0 There might be affiliate links on this page, which means we get a small commission of anything you buy. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Please do your own research before making any online purchase. In 2001, then-president George W. Bush was quoted making the following...

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How Trump Buried the National Debate With Logical Fallacies

Donald Trump is an expert at making people’s heads spin by employing several well-known logical fallacies. Because of him, debate with the other side of the aisle is near impossible.   Logical fallacies are missteps in reasoning, either intentionally or unintentionally, to win an argument. On the surface, they appear logically...

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What Is a False Analogy Fallacy?

Also called the weak or faulty analogy fallacy, the false analogy fallacy occurs when a writer or speaker uses an analogy which poorly compares two things in order to illustrate a concept or idea. Strong analogies are frequently used with success to illustrate difficult concepts or a specific side of...

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Oversimplified Cause Fallacy

Description: When a contributing factor is assumed to be the cause, or when a complex array of causal factors is reduced to a single cause. It is a form of simplistic thinking that implies something is either a cause, or it is not. It overlooks the important fact that, especially...

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A Guide to 12 Common Rhetorical Fallacies (With Examples)

Logical fallacies, or errors in reasoning that invalidate our arguments, play a role in most political debates, in the media, and in our everyday discussions. Although they are frequently committed unintentionally, they may be used effectively as a rhetorical technique to gain an advantage in a debate. And, more often...

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Anonymous Authority

(also known as: appeal to anonymous authority) Description: When an unspecified source is used as evidence for the claim.  This is commonly indicated by phrases such as “They say that...”, “It has been said...”, “I heard that...”, “Studies show...”, or generalized groups such as, “scientists say...”  When we fail to...

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Fallacies In Commercials Free Essays

fallacies  3/4/12 Fallacies I’ve Used I have use many fallacies on a daily basis, but I have noticed that the fallacies I use the most are the appeal to bandwagon, poisoning the well, and apples and oranges. I appeal to bandwagon by always using peer pressure whenever I try...

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