Writing Tutor: Fallacies. Think More ... Write More Dr. Otto.
Writing Tutor: Fallacies
Think More ... Write MoreDr. Otto
In the Tutorial on Persuasion, I cautioned you about arguments that seem to be sound when, in fact, they are not. I pointed out that whenever readers detect that a writer has used this kind of argument, which is called a fallacy, they become wary. They may be concerned that the writer did not know that the argument as presented was false or, worse, suspect that the writer tried to convince readers by using an unsuspected false argument.
The following fallacies are some of the more commonly used fallacies:
Try this … prejudice, vanity, ridicule or force
Write an essay ... avoid the use of fallacies. After you are pleased with your essay, edit it for grammar to create a reader’s draft.
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