Logical Fallacies. English 102. What is a logical fallacy?. A fallacy is an error of reasoning. These are flawed statements that often sound true
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It is important to develop logical fallacy detection skills in your own writing, as well as others’.
Think of this as “intellectual kung-fu: the art of intellectual self defense.”
If A happens, then eventually through a series of small steps, through B, C,..., X, Y, Z will happen, too, basically equating A and Z.
This is an attack on the character of a person rather than their opinions or arguments.
A conclusion is based on an argument that the origins of a person, idea, institute, or theory determine its character, nature, or worth.
The arguer claims that there are only two options and one is unacceptable so we must accept the other. However in actuality there are other alternatives.
Any argument that draws a generalization based on a small or unrepresentative sample size.
When the arguer changes the subject and take the listener down a different, unrelated path.
The arguer tries to get you to accept their view on the grounds that you will be harmed if you don’t.
The arguer tries to get you to accept their view on the grounds that they will be harmed if you don’t.
The arguer suggests her opponent’s views should be rejected because the opponent is a member of a perceived disreputable group or the views of the opponent are also held by persons of a disreputable group.