Questions tagged [fallacies]

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 word for the type of rhetorical strategy where you distract from the point in order to seem authoritative?

Is there a word for distracting someone from the topic of the argument, and using the authority they have established in the mean time to (fallaciously) prove their original point? An example I ...
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What fallacy is committed when one argues that a conclusion is false simply because the person arguing it has lied before?

For example, suppose I were to make the claim: President Trump says climate change is false. President Trump has lied before; therefore, climate change is true.
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Does it mean that argument from ignorance can be non-fallacious?

Particular type of "argument from ignorance" is "absence of evidence is evidence of absence." I have proof that it's in fact true. Does it mean that argument from ignorance can be right? If not - ...
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Name of fallacious reasoning about the reality of abstractions

There is a kind of reasoning that is often heard, where the irreality of some abstraction is inferred from the fact that entities that fall under it are not perfectly homogenous. (1) A lot of times ...
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What would be the name of this fallacy?

Current Indian prime minister had left his wife very early for he was not interested in marriage. Today, a chief minister commented on him - Narendra Modi you cannot take care of your wife, how ...
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What kind of fallacy or false logic is this?

I got into an argument with a friend on MMA fighters and said that any fighter that gets caught PEDs should probably have an asterisk by his record. His defence was that could I say for sure that ...
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What is the name of this fallacy?

What is the name of this fallacy? Someones says that because everyone cheats, I also can cheat! Or because someone stole my money, I got penniless and had to stole from someone else!
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How far does the fallaciousness of the recourse to authority fallacy reach?

In all honestly, I've always had a problem with the "recourse to authority" fallacy. In theory it seems all sound and convincing: a claim should be judged purely and solely on the argumentation laid ...
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Making an irrelevant generalization that dilutes the original argument — what's this fallacy?

Let's consider the following dialogue: A: People should be respectful to X. B: No, people should be respectful to Y. Now Y is a broader class than X. In the above example, say, X = "their ...
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What is the name of the fallacy where one implies something is false simply because someone evil supported it?

Creationists sometimes argue that Darwinism is wrong because the Nazis used it as a rationale for their eugenics program. We call it a "genetic fallacy" if we try to claim that a theory is wrong ...
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What is it called when an opponent tells you to look up the source of their own claim, yourself?

Someone says: During the time of the dinosaurs CO2 levels were 9000 ppm. We're at 400. Nothing died back then either. Quite the opposite. Life was absolutely gigantic, even the plants were huge. ...
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Is the golden hammer fallacy a real fallacy?

Bo Bennet calls the golden hammer a pseudo-logical fallacy and describes it thus: Proposing the same type of solution to different types of problems. This is more of an error in creativity or ...
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“I have lied but I am not a liar, and I have done bad things but I am not a bad man.”

What logical fallacy would this be? I am doing a project and I need to identify what kind of logical fallacy this would represent.
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What is the name of this logical fallacy: Why should your god be the one?

Even if there is a deity, why should your god be the one? This is a common response from the nonbelievers. I assert that it is a logical fallacy, not because the statement in itself is totally ...
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The more you know, the more you don't know

What is wrong with the following argument? The more you study, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know....
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Why is the anecdotal fallacy a fallacy?

Why is the anecdotal fallacy a fallacy? I want to know why personal testimony is important in a court of law but in a debate it is considered invalid? And why is the claim of seeing a spirit met ...
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Why do there exist “logical fallacies” that are not really consistent logical fallacies?

Why do there exist "logical fallacies" that are not really consistent logical fallacies? By logical fallacy, consider e.g. ad hominem. By consistent logical fallacy I refer to a type of logical ...
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Name of “then you also cannot” pseudo argument

There are two parties, P1 and P2. There are two behaviors B1 and B2, which both parties agree are ethically undesirable or at least questionable. P1 consciously refrains from B1, but not from B2, ...
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Fallacy of affirming the consequent or of denying the antecedent? [closed]

If patient has condition X, then we would see symptoms A, B and C. We do see symptoms, A, B and C. So the patient must have condition X. Is it the fallacy of affirming the consequent or the fallacy ...
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Why is it logical to invoke an uncreated universe with no intelligent design?

How can an atheist invoke an uncreated universe with no intelligent design and assert its logical consistency? Why is it logical? By moving the goal post to aliens seeded earth from another universe,...
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What's the name of the logical fallacy where a debater extends a statement far beyond the original statement to make it true?

Suppose that someone initially states that "fossil fuel consumption due to mobile phone usage is similar to that of private transportation, so if you think we should switch to electric/bike to fight ...
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Is it a fallacy to say “A = B therefore more A = more B?”

For example, 70% nominal tax rate leads to more growth, therefore, 100% nominal tax rate must lead to the most growth.
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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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Logical notation

I'm currently debating with someone whether something could be considered possible because we have no evidence that it's impossible. He made the statement that: "All things are possible which are not ...
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A Problem With Kripke's Rule-Following Paradox Example?

It seems that there is a problem with the example that Saul Kripke gives in "Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language" to explain Wittgenstein's rule-following paradox. I'm not asking about the ...
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What is the name of the “undeserved profits” fallacy?

I see this type of inference made a lot, for example in the context of distributional justice: A makes an investment. He thinks this investment was a rational decision, until he learns that B also ...
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Is anything not proven impossible therefore possible?

Is it a truism that, except for that which is proven impossible, everything is or must be considered possible? If so, why? It seems to me to be an argument from ignorance to say that just because we ...
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How would you describe it when someone uses the hypothetical to undermine an idea?

Here is the scenario. I'm working with a different technology for programming and I present it to my co-worker who is not up-to-speed on the new technology. He replies that there may be some ...
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Help with logical fallacy

There’s a fallacy presented when someone makes the argument that more of A on some continuum is bad(good) but rejects the idea that less of A is good(bad) thus reducing to either the current status is ...
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Where is the fallacy here?

Where is the fallacy here: whatever is natural is not unnatural whatever is unnatural is not natural the phenomenon of cats being born into this world is natural the phenomenon of rabbits being born ...
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Is there a fallacy

I want to know if there is a fallacy in this type of conversation. CA=Country A and  HRA=Human Right Association Example: CA: it is now gonna be forbidden in CA for feminist to express their ...
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How does philosophy not fall into the confirmation bias?

Daoism and Buddhism in Eastern philosophies emphasize adaptation and flexibility, and critique rationality. They have different frameworks to understand the same phenomenon, and different goals for ...
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Is it a fallacy if someone claims they need an explanation for every word of your argument to the point where they don't understand common terms?

Is it a fallacy if someone claims they need an explanation for every word of your argument to the point where they don't understand common terms? For example, suppose someone said, "If a dog bites ...
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What is the logical fallacy for checking the wrong law?

This is not a real story (as far as I'm aware), just a context to ask a question about logical fallacies: Susan hunted wolves with her rifle from the bed of a pickup truck while her friend drove ...
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I have trouble understanding this fallacy: “If A, then B. Therefore if not-B, then not-A.”

About "If A, then B. Therefore, if not-B, then not-A": From what I understand the conclusion is wrong, because it is not said that A is a sufficient condition for B, (and there may be other ...
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Which fallacy is “if not P, not Q. P. Therefore Q”?

“If you don’t go to the doctor tomorrow, you won’t get better. You will go to the doctor tomorrow. So, you will get better.” What kind of fallacy does this argument fall under? I have a suspicion it’...
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What is the fallacy regarding knowing someone who is X therefore you know about topics regarding X?

What is the name of the fallacy that goes along the lines of: My brother is a doctor so I know about medicine.
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What is the fallacy when someone refuses to be specific

A Muslim apologist was debating two Atheists on DW channel in Arabic, the host asked him whether he agrees with "executing atheist apostates". The Muslim apologist knows that apostates are to be ...
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What's a name for the fallacy of concluding something must be based on truth because it is successful?

I have noticed a type of fallacious reasoning that conflates truth and success. For example, a company might assume their predictive models are correct because these models make the company more money....
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Is this discussion fallacious?

I heard people having this kind of discussion. I don't know why it sounded a bit off, but I want to know if it was just me or if there is a fallacy here somewhere. Person 1 = X Person 2 = Y X: ...
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What fallacy is assuming something is the case because of past events

I'm sure this is a simple question. What I am referring to is disbelieving someone on Day 20 because they have lied every day previous to Day 20. Another example is the boy who cried wolf. The 50th ...
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Affirming the Consequent Reasoning You See in Everyday Life

What are common examples of affirming the consequent reasoning you see in everyday life?
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Fallacy identification

I have been seeing a lot of “if you_____then you____ .” fallacy in communication lately. Examples would be “If you don’t support “Black Life’s Matter then you hate black people” “If you didn’t vote ...
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What fallacy, paradox or cognitive bias is this? [closed]

You do an advertisement, "Lowest price in town", but a vast majority of people now suspect that your prices are not the lowest. They now start hunting around for lower prices than yours and they ...
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What fallacy is this?

I am curious about what fallacy the following kind of reasoning represents. Let's say we are questioning if something is true. I would argue that in order for us to question if something is true we ...
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What kind of fallacy is this (resembles false cause)?

An African leader dispatches troops to the border of a neighboring country. A critic who happens to be a white U.S. citizen says, "That man's a militaristic bully!" One of the African leaders' ...
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What is the name of this logical fallacy

What is the name of the fallacy: "If you buy XXX, which is expensive, then you would also buy YYY, because if you spent so much on XXX then you would spend as much on YYY." The fallacy implies that ...
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Is this an example of Denying the Antecedent?

Is this an example of Denying the Antecedent? Harry is not an inexperienced driver, and thus must not be irrational, seeing as all inexperienced drivers are irrational. At first, I thought it was ...
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Is this an example of Undistributed Middle?

Is this an example of Undistributed Middle? John is not a teenager, since all teenagers are impulsive, and John is not impulsive.
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Is this an example of False Cause?

Is this an example of False Cause? When the small boy said his prayers at night, he did not wet the bed. However, he forgot to pray one evening and he wet the bed. This must be the reason why this ...