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How do I reply to a conspiracy theorist that claims that the evidence is also part of the lie?

Person A: HIV is a disease created by the illuminati 2000 to eliminate 50% of the world population and in 2017 a scientist find a cure to HIV and the illuminati killed him Person B: that doesn't ...
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Checking the validity of the logical conclusion gleaned from a heated conversation

I have two friends - call them John and Jane. I was recently privy to an argument concerning a book between John and Jane that went like this: John: This book did not make a single coherent, ...
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Is there any rational justification to the counterargument “I refuse to answer your question on the basis that it is a hypothetical question?”

This is a common contention that comes up in heated debates. It seems to me like it qualifies as a non sequitur and a red herring. Possibly a different fallacy that I am unaware of. I would like to ...
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What is the proper response in a debate when your opponent ignores your counterarguments?

I keep running into a situation in debates and arguments. My opponent makes an argument (or counterargument), and I carefully disprove all of my opponent's points. However, instead of addressing my ...
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How would you discredit this faulty argument?

Let's say I'm trying to argue that a certain activity is inherently dangerous and to be avoided at all costs, even though it is only dangerous if it is done without care, for example, driving a car.* ...
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Are there any techniques for dealing with an arguer who continually denies facts?

Inspired by this question where individuals can't imagine something being possible, and somewhat similar to this. I've recently been in a debate where the debater had the very annoying habit of just ...
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How does philosophy advance despite irreconcilable background assumptions (“positions”) on every topic?

In philosophy there are always, and on almost everything, many "positions", many different possibilities to choose from, and there isn't mainly some decisive conclusion between positions as to what's "...
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How to debate with someone who asks for proof of a fact they are not denying

I was debating with a flat earth believer and proposed a disproof of his theory. His theory being the earth is a circle and the sun is a spotlight that casts a circle of light beneath it. My ...
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Any good philosophy debate recommendations?

[Note for admins - close if it doesn't fit the SE, I asked in the Symposium but no one answered so I came here. No need to downvote.] Hi all, I saw Dennet, Krauss, and Massimo debate a couple of days ...
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Are exams pointless [closed]

I just wanted someone elses opinion on if exams are kinda pointless? I feel exams don't give an accurate measure of ones ability. I have beeen told exams are about applying knowledge but how does one ...
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Logic and reason is circular reasoning..?

In an argument about circular reasoning the opponent does nothing but state over and over that if 'God exists because the bible says so and the bible is true so god must exist' is circular reasoning, ...
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Declining Choice

Is there any fallacy in the following scenario where a person declines a choice, maintaining that the choice is not hers? Scenario: A child states that she will clean her room if only she is given $...
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How does one comment on does actions similar to Hitler's without invoking Godwin's Law?

Obviously, when making an argument, it is in one's best interest to make their argument logically solid and not engage in arguments that your opponents will not take seriously. One way to lose ...
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Is there a name for a fallacy wherein it is assumed either someone is lying or their assertion is true?

I'm hoping to find a name already in somewhat common usage for a fallacy of the following form: A person claimed X. Therefore either X is true or the person is lying. I've seen this fallacy ...
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Looking for a name for this flawed argument “tactic” [duplicate]

What is it called when you're in an argument with someone about some relatively small thing, and they bring up an overarching out-of-your control thing that if things go wrong, the smaller argument is ...
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Is it sophistry to underline that a logical conclusion might stem from an ideology?

During an exchange on the subject human rights I underlined how the distinction between negative and positive rights (political and economic rights?) seemingly comes from a world view [as inclusive ...
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Philosophical “blind-siding” - Is it fair? What is it referred to as in common culture today?

Philosophical "blind-siding" I'm a student studying at a university and have found that many professors do something equivalent to a blind-sided hit in football. I call it "blind-sided" for lack of a ...
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What is a logical fallacy that involves arguing according to a different definition of a word?

For example, one person may define capitalism as in private ownership of production and distribution while another may consider that there is no true capitalism until a market free of government ...
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Is there (or does something exist that is close to) a theory of arguments?

I'm looking for any extensive work on a framework for "arguments", that works something along these lines: When two parties are debating, they are making assertions on a particular domain, D. Those ...
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In the context of debate centred on a statement, how to validate arguments given to confirm or disconfirm that statement in a logical manner?

Let's say we have the following statement to serve as a starting point around which a debate can be centerd. Man is immortal Someone could say that man is mortal according to accepted scientific ...
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How to refute “big picture” arguments?

I am currently having an issue with someone I know in that every time we debate about a single item, and he knows that he's wrong, he will turn it into a kind of broad-spectrum topic and then we start ...
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What is a logical fallacy that involves saying that a person is something solely because they said so?

For example, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea which could be seen as neither democratic, republican or being for the people. Or Bernie Sanders being called a democratic socialist when his ...
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How does rhetoric and substance interact in a successful debate?

I have been interested in debates for a while. Doc. William Lane Craig has for a long time been a spiritual hero of mine, and hearing him talk about debate is always interesting. So in the previous ...
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Is there a term for this 'disclaimer' technique used in statements?

This is a pretty common type of statement that's seen frequently on internet posts and discussions, but I was curious if there was a term for it. The statement starts off with a disclaimer which is ...
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Is one commiting the “argument from authority” fallacy and/or the “consensus fallacy” when one refers to a scientific consensus when asserting truth?

Bob and Alice disagree regarding subject X. Alice holds view A regarding subject X. Bob holds view B regarding subject X. View A and view B are quite contradictory views. Both can not be true at ...
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What debating tactic does the monk Nagasena use against King Milinda?

Source: p 36, Chapter 4, Philosophy ; A Very Short Introduction (2002) by Edward Craig. Chapter 4 here summarises Milindapañha, the Questions of King Milinda the entirety of which I have not read.  ...
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Is there a logical fallacy in “dropping down” to a different level of abstraction?

Is there a logical fallacy for differing abstractive levels. As in, you start talking on the level of demographics until someone counters with verifiable data on the same level of abstraction, at ...
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Is it legitimate to win a moral debate with logic?

Is it legitimate to win a moral, political or ethical argument by using logical methods? If you demonstrate that an opponent's statements are somehow illogical, the reason the opponent is ...
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Can one argue against the objectivity of Social Media and TV sources as compared to more traditional bibliographical sources? [closed]

People often present fallacious statements based on erroneous facts from social media, blogposts and biased/low quality TV documentaries. How can one argue against such statements by referring to ...
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Flow charting a philosophical argument

Is there a method, which is used, to write a philosophical argument so that each point and logical consequence is clearer than if the argument were written out in paragraph form, such as an outline or ...
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What logical fallacies exist in David Lewis and Stephanie Lewis' article called “holes”?

In David & Stephanie Lewis' Article "Holes" the nominalist/realist debate gets taken to a phenomena that all of us are likely directly aware of at one point in our lives. Holes. The absent ...
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What Philosopher Said This?

Does any one recall the philosopher who stated that in order to truly debate a subject one must first give up the idea that their opinions on the subject are valid? I don't remember who he was, but I ...
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Philosophy and Psychology of Emotion

" We are all comfortable using terms to refer to things that seem non-physical objects, such as "Tuesday," "justice," and "luck." These things seem to be able to affect physical things, e.g. "Tuesday" ...
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The blur between proof and evidence [closed]

Consider this: Evidence is the foundations of proof. So, enough evidence creates proof. However, how much evidence is needed to make proof depends on the concerning persons' circumstances, ...
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Judging the Logical Conclusion for this Epistemological Debate [closed]

I was involved in a debate with my friend a few days ago. He proposed that the most logical answer for questions that can't be judged with science, logic and reason should be polar, i.e., either '...
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What are some tools for overcoming bias within a participant when engaged in a Socratic debate? [closed]

Given that bias is not easy to argue with and an embedded unconscious obstacle to critical and logical debate. What tools are there to overcome bias in a Socratic debate?
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Is there a term for the logical arguing of what *should* be done, as opposed to what is true?

I'm trying to explain to someone that an appeal to consequences is a fallacy in formal logic, but is appropriate when you're discussing policy, for instance, or more generally, when choosing between ...
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The real question of the Holocaust is not ‘where was God?’, but ‘where was man?’ [closed]

For a debate I have to argue "The real question of the Holocaust is not ‘where was God?’, but ‘where was man?'" I am arguing for the point (not my personal view). So far the points I have got are: ...
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What are the latest arguments for/against the existence of God? [closed]

What are the newest or latest arguments for or against the existence of God? What is the state of this debate? After proponents and critics have argued and responded to everything so far, what else ...
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What is an 'argumentum ad baculum'? [closed]

I've seen philosophical arguments descriped as 'argumentum ad baculum', but never quite understood what the criticism is trying to indicate. As best I can tell, it's using force or the threat of force ...
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What is an 'argumentum ad lapidem'? [closed]

I've seen philosophical arguments descriped as 'argumentum ad lapidem', but never quite understood what the criticism is trying to indicate. As best I can tell, it's a dismissal of an argument with ...