concerns logical fallacies, which are errors in the logic or reasoning of an argument that result in a misconception or presumption

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Is there a logical fallacy for “ignoring the specifics, over-applying the general”?

I haven't found a name for this fallacy, and perhaps it isn't one, but I would describe it as over-application of a general rule while disregarding specific information to the contrary. but here are ...
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What do we call this fallacy?

I was trying to answer the question on skeptics.se of whether hitler said that or not: “Who today still speaks of the massacre of the Armenians”? I quoted a research from Ataa.org, the assembly of ...
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What is the name given to a false comparison

Necessary background information I have recently started going back to the gym. Myself and my friend have both been suffering from muscle soreness. I decided to take a supplement known as creatine ...
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Is this disproof of God's existence logical?

The apologetic claims the argument is logically valid by modus tollens. The somewhat detailed version is: Premise 1. If Argument A for God's existence is sound, then God exists. Premise 2. But ...
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Faulty analogy and/or guilt by association

Suppose someone would argue that there is no difference between an anti-abortion display and a Ku Klux Klan display, because it offends women in the same way that a Ku Klux Klan stand would offend ...
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Fallacious Argument Name

Alice does something controversial for a particular reason. Her actions have bad and controversial consequences, but also have an outcome that she did not intend, which nearly everyone finds extremely ...
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Is there an onus on the critic to povide an alternative solution?

In many situations, when someone criticises a procedure, or a policy, a common response is something like "yeah, we know it's crap, but you're not presenting an alternative solution, so shut up". ...
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Doubting media accusations is 'Genetic Fallacy'?

[Source:] Example: Accused on the 6 0'clock news of corruption and taking bribes, the senator said that we should all be very wary of the things we hear in the media, because we all know how ...
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Cherry Picking Fallacy (In a Social Media Debate)

CONTEXT Hello, I'm an engineer with some introductory level studies in philosophy. I need help (or at least a sanity check) from this group in an argument about cherry picking. I'm having an argument ...
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Do malformed propositions have True/False values?

Many people are familiar with the malformed questions that, no matter which way they are answered, reflect poorly on the person to whom they were asked. For example: Have you stopped beating your ...
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How fallacious is tu quoque or look-who's-talking fallacy?

It is a very common fallacy that I've seen in many circles - In the world of media and in everyday life. In some cases it doesn't feel like a fallacy, but seems to make a point in that particular ...
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If you invalidate evidence based on where it came from is that the genetic fallacy?

For example if a group of Creationist Scientists presented evidence for their world view, would it be the genetic fallacy to invalidate their evidence because they are Creationists? Edit: there are ...
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Doesn't the upvote/downvote system just encourage the use of the “ad populum” fallacy?

I know that this would also depend on the integrity of the community, but I notice this happening a lot on Quora, and Yahoo answers. A lot of the time, the "best" answers aren't even structured ...
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Is the following statement a fallacy?

You only X because you Y. (with Y being true!) Example: Paul only defends the drug decriminalization because he has never been aggressed by a drug addict. Is this a fallacy? If not, how can we ...
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Is it an ad hominem attack to call somebody a troll?

Case 1: Person A criticizes person B. Person B says "We shouldn't feed the trolls. Best not to engage." Case 2: Person A voices their opinion on an issue being discussed on the forum. Person B says ...
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Philosophical bravado in science

[TLDR: is the argument in the last quotation a fallacy?] I'm an (academic) engineer, and I've been reading some papers on cybernetics from the 1950s and 60s. I found it striking how often the authors ...
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Problem of old evidence

I've come across the so-called "problem of old evidence" in Bayesian statistics/epistemology. First, let me summarize the problem as I see it so we're on the same page. Suppose I have a theory ...
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How's 'Is Tom Brady a cheater?' a 'straw-man expression…'?

Source, penultimate para: 'The Humiliation of Tom Brady', by Ian Crouch, 2015 Jan 23 ♦ “This has raised a lot of uncomfortable conversations from people around this country who view you, a ...
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Is it a fallacy to claim someone is committing a fallacy without explaining why?

Making use of an argument about a subject X, Person 1 presents his view to Person 2. Then Person 2, who is against that position, simply makes the following claim: "Hey dude, you have committed the ...
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Is it possible to appeal to emotion without commiting a fallacy?

People often make arguments from authority, and not all of them are fallacious. If the given authority is an expert on the discussed field, if there is a consensus among the experts of that field, and ...
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Common fallacy of everything being its worst form [closed]

What is the fallacy of equating everything with its worst example? Slippery slope argument I guess, but I"m looking for something more specific.
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Is it possible to make non-fallacious argument?

This is a list of fallacies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies Looking at this list, I can't imagine any non-trivial, non-mathematical (i.e., not a mathematical proof) argument that ...
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Is there a logical fallacy that describes insulting an argument rather than addressing it?

I'm having a net debate and the person is raving about how pathetic my argument is rather than explaining why it is a pathetic argument. I believe its a logical fallacy but I'm not sure.
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Is there a name or category for these misleading propositions?

Example I never lost in tennis against Roger Federer. It's a negation and 'true' but it's misleading. In fact I never played tennis against Federer. I'm looking for a name or a category for ...
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Is the science Physics allowed to ignore the rules of Philosophy of Science resp. the Scientific Method [closed]

The Scientific Method in Science determines that premises, on which a theory is based, must be experimental verified, when possible. It is however possible that theories of the past are based on ...
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Can someone identify the fallacy based on the below example?

I was talking to a small business owner the other day. When asked why they never incorporated in order to limit their liability, their explanation was, to paraphrase, "nothing bad has happened to us ...
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What is the fallacy or bias that causes some to think “fatwa” means “death sentence” called?

Some people think that "fatwa" means "death sentence". From RationalWiki: The best-known sort of fatwa in the West is that which calls for the death of a blasphemer; e.g., the fatwa by ...
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Is there a word for a fallacy made by a listener instead of a speaker?

I've been thinking about misunderstandings that occur when people have philosophical discussions. Often somebody can make an entirely cogent argument, but then the other person misunderstands what has ...
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birds of a feather flock together and guit by association

There is a saying "birds of a feather flock together" which usually boils down to People of similar character, background, or taste tend to congregate or associate with one another. Yet guilt by ...
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The Fallacy of Contraposition for Counterfactuals?

Example: 1.If Boris had gone (to the party), then O would still have gone. 2. Therefore, if O had not gone, then B would not have gone. Analysis: Suppose B wanted to go , but stayed away ... ...
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Analysis of an example - Fallacy of Strengthening the Antecedent

The following continues this question, but I post separately for want of shorter, pithier questions. Analysis: ...I assumed mistakenly that starting at 5 (which is well before 6) would get me to ...
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Intuition - The Fallacy of Transitivity (for Counterfactuals)

I know almost no philosophy so please simplify all feedback. While I understand this Analysis for the example, I still don't understand the general, but deeper reasons for the possible failure of ...
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Intuition - Fallacy of Strengthening the Antecedent

1. What's the intuition behind the wrongness of this Fallacy (the structure of which I typed here)? 2. Please explain why this fallacy is named Strengthening the Antecedent? I guess that R is the ...
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An example - Fallacy of Strengthening the Antecedent

I define S as sentence. I simplify the items in the original example to streamline it. All times are in AM. S1. Necessarily, if [R.] I had started at 5 then [P.] I started before 6. S2. If it ...
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Logically valid but fallacious?

BUT informal fallacies are not limited to problematic arguments but also to problematic techniques in many contexts of rhetoric and argumentation. Thus, it need not be logically invalid to be ...
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Is there a name for a “You benefited therefore you did it” fallacy?

When talking about conspiracies, you often hear things like group X benefited from event Y therefore group X must have caused event Y I'm sure everyone knows lots of examples: 9-11, ISIS, ...
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Equivocation Fallacy: When the context of similarity is not the context of the argument

I often hear or read statements that seem to have a similar type of fallacious reasoning about it. I want to know if there is a name this type of fallacy: Top women chess players have a lower draw ...
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How is this 'implication' valid, about chess for women?

Throughout the history of the game, chess has been dominated by males. More men play the game and more spectators are male. Of course, there are many female chess players in the game today, ...
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“But I'm a good person!” - What logical fallacy is this? And how to argue against it?

In a recent argument, a friend repeatedly countered my claims with ideas of self that had been reinforced over time: But I'm a nice person. I'm self-reflective; I would never do that. I am ...
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What is the name of the following logical fallacy ? Is it really a fallacy?

Suppose, person A fires person B because B behaved unethically and ignored the company's code of conduct. A, however, did not have enough evidence. He later did find evidence, but that doesn't justify ...
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What is the name of the following logical fallacy?

Person 1: "Everything in the universe has a cause, so the universe itself must have a cause" Person 2: "Not necessarily. Think about a brick wall. That's like saying just because the bricks that ...
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Conviction about a system from pseudo-proofs of its truths

I vaguely recall a description about manifestations of the truths offered by a system being pseudo-proofs for that system to be right, in a context in which logical certainty is not possible. Consider ...
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Tu quoque and scientific anti-philosophy [closed]

Unless I misunderstood this recent thread, the scientifically minded can legitimately only believe in science (not philosophy), and what is "robust and reliable", it's just that they don't prove it's ...
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Is appeal to conspiracy a fallacy?

I was kind of wondering this. A lot of people seem to appeal to some kind of conspiracy to support their views. I can think of numerous examples: Anti-Vaccine people claim conspiracy by 'Big ...
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Is “do as caesar does” a fallacy?

Is there a name for the fallacy that to do something one has to do it as its most famous / powerful proponent does? I'm thinking about Marxism.
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What's this fallacy called, when 'we cannot clearly distinguish one thing'?

1. And in this article Russell took on a well-known fallacy that plagues legal as well as political argument. Lawyers all too often argue that if we cannot clearly distinguish one thing from ...
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Help understanding logical fallacies in this statment

I'm trying to understand the arguments and logic that make up the three statements statements below (taken from the graphic novel Persepolis as the government's arguments for making women covering ...
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Is it always wrong to deny the antecedent?

Denying the antecedent: "if p then q,not p, therefore not q" OK that's clearly invalid, but I was recently in an argument with someone who asserted some p in support of some q, and I pointed out that ...
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The Fallacy of Instantaneouity?

I have taughty myself a good deal of fallacies listed here. I did not find the fallacy I am looking for. I presuppose this is a fallacy. If this presupposition is wrong; I would like to know if it is ...
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Logical Form of an Appeal to Probability

How can you express an "Appeal to Probability" argument in a logical notation? Feel free to use any forms or renditions of logic, including APL, as I know there are different symbols that can be used. ...