Another Favorite Fallacy: Judging An Argument By Its Source

Posted November 20, 2017 5:33 pm by Nicholas Senz

Another Favorite Fallacy: Judging An Argument By Its Source

In a previous essay, I identified the ad lapidem fallacy as the one most commonly used in social media “debates” (I use that term very loosely). This is the tactic of responding to an argument not by addressing its substance, but by mocking it, scoffing at it, or otherwise denigrating it so that observers will think the position false because it is patently ridiculous. The ad lapidem fallacy is the evil twin of the legitimate reductio ad absurdum strategy, which teases out the logic of an argument to show that it reaches an unacceptable conclusion, and is therefore false. As

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