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What type of rhetorical device is the offering of a source which is really long and not specifying what part of the source is relevant?

In general, if your opponent insists on claiming that her source provides substantiation in a way it clearly does not, that is false attribution, however, it should be noted that such a counterclaim ...
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What type of rhetorical device is the offering of a source which is really long and not specifying what part of the source is relevant?

In mathematics, this is sometimes called a proof by intimidation. As Wikipedia puts it: Proof by intimidation (or argumentum verbosum) is a jocular phrase used mainly in mathematics to refer to a ...
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What kind of a logical fallacy is giving an example from the past - in order to justify present unjustice?

This is called an Appeal to tradition. Wikipedia states Appeal to tradition (also known as argumentum ad antiquitatem or argumentum ad antiquitam, appeal to antiquity, or appeal to common practice) ...
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Is there a name for the widespread logical fallacy in which you prove your point by 'eliminating' anyone who contradicts you?

Suppression is not an argument at all, so it isn't a fallacious argument. Instead, suppression is an example of one of the reasons why appeals to authority or popularity may generate false conclusions,...
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What type of rhetorical device is the offering of a source which is really long and not specifying what part of the source is relevant?

This is not a logical fallacy. Just because someone is wrong does not mean they are committing a logical fallacy If you're asking where the logical fallacy is, you have to analyse the discussion ...
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Does this argument qualify as whataboutism?

No This is a fallacy, but not a whataboutism. This is instead a Tu quoque fallacy, which is similar to an ad hominem. Rather than disputing Alice's accusation, Bob says that Alice is guilty of the ...
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What fallacy dismisses criticism of a bad law with "just don't break it"?

The form of the reasoning is this: Thesis: Punishing X in this way is wrong Rebuttal: Don't do X and you won't be punished On the surface, this is ignoratio elenchi (ignorance of refutation), a.k.a....
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What type of rhetorical device is the offering of a source which is really long and not specifying what part of the source is relevant?

I agree with J.D.'s Inappropriate Shift of Burden of Proof. Since Bob is making the claim, Bob should have the burden of making the argument and evidence really clear, but Bob inappropriately shifts ...
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What is the proper response in a debate when your opponent ignores your counterarguments?

Simplify your statements by providing only one argument per statement. Rules of thumb are: Resist the temptation to fight all of the opponent's wrong points (address only one of his arguments/claims/...
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Does this argument qualify as whataboutism?

It depends. Whataboutism is about derailing the discussion about a particular problem by pointing out another problem. The focus is on the derailing, not on actually wanting to solve that other ...
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What kind of a logical fallacy is giving an example from the past - in order to justify present unjustice?

First, when you have a statement with assertoric force (in plain-speak, you have claims about truth being made), then you have at a bare minimum a rhetorical argument. Rhetoric since ancient times is ...
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Name for reverse Ad Hominem, (i.e. praising the defense)?

Is there a standard name for a fallacy of the same form as an ad hominem, except that instead of denouncing the opposition, it praises the defense? The example is: "Bill favors not-Y", and Bill ...
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Did Plato say "In order to argue, you must express your opponents argument better than they could?"

I'm not sure about Plato, but the interpretive principle that is described in the question has been discussed in modern analytic philosophy, and has been nicknamed the principle of charity. In ...
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Is rhetoric philosophy?

Rhetoric is closely connected to Sophism and Sophistry Rhetoric is usually described as an art of persuading (some audience about something). It is not particularly interested with truth, only with ...
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What is the philosophical term for using half-truths to intentionally mislead?

Short Answer Technically speaking, the intentional use of misleading language is more in the domain of rhetoric than logic and is known as sophistry. A fallacy is generally considered any persuasive ...
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What is the philosophical term for using half-truths to intentionally mislead?

The school board's negative phrasing like "found no evidence" or "hasn't recommended" suggests an intention to pass absence of evidence for evidence of absence. The relationship ...
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Are mythological stories scientific explanations?

Quine famously drew a comparison between mythology and science as being different only in degree, not in kind. In his 1951 paper "Two Dogmas of Empiricism", he states: As an empiricist I continue ...
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Does this argument qualify as whataboutism?

Whataboutism is a fallacy in a formal debate, where there are clear criteria/standards/values/premises against which the validity of the claims is evaluated there are judges or another authority able ...
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What kind of a logical fallacy is giving an example from the past - in order to justify present unjustice?

As JD says, this is a false equivalence. But I disagree on what is being treated as equivalent. The argument is essentially saying "better = good/adequate". Although it's true that we should ...
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Identifying logical fallacy in argument

Perhaps your friend is arguing as follows: 1. If Jesus did not exist, then churches would not exist. 2. Churches exist. 3. Therefore, Jesus existed. This line of reasoning denies the consequent and is ...
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Identifying logical fallacy in argument

If your formalization is correct, then your friend is affirming the consequent as you describe, per the following structure: If Jesus exists, then churches exist. Churches exist. Therefore Jesus ...
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What is the meaning of the term 'eúnoia'?

welcome to PSE ! Jacqueline de Romilly offers help on the rendering of eĂșnoia EUNOIA, in Greek, is something more than good will: it means approval, sympathy and readiness to help. Having ...
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Word-Pairing Rhetorical Tactic

It's called using loaded language. From WP: Loaded language (also known as loaded terms, strong emotive language, high-inference language and language-persuasive techniques) is rhetoric used to ...
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Name for reverse Ad Hominem, (i.e. praising the defense)?

Argumentum ad superbiam Appeal to pride or use of flattery. This might be what you are looking for - it works (or fails to) not by relying on the strength of one's argument but by making use of the ...
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Money and Friendship - Is this a logical fallacy?

It's a fallacy: Appeal to pity. The conclusion that person B can afford "that" can't follows from the premise "friendship" between person A and person B.
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Can a question be bullshit?

According to Pennycook et al 2015, Frankfurt's definition of bullshit can be summed up as: In On Bullshit, the philosopher Frankfurt (2005) defines bullshit as something that is designed to impress ...
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What fallacy dismisses a conclusion because supporters give invalid arguments for it?

Bad Reasons, or perhaps Fallacy Fallacy.
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How would you explain the is-ought dichotomy to an "Objectivist"?

I think the person you were discussing this topic with did not do a very good job of explaining the Objectivist theory on the is-ought problem. This is something that Rand has written about ...
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