Sorting Through Sophistries:Appeals to Authority By Gabriel Blanchard Is it an error in reasoning to appeal to authority for one’s beliefs? Certainly not; but then again, very much […]
Sorting Through Sophistries
Regrettably, we don’t always need someone else to lead us down the garden path of sophistry; we’re very capable walkers, thanks, and feel sure we can find it unassisted.
Today, we conclude our review of the first great genus of fallacies with a glance at fallacious treatment of idioms.
To err is human; to forgive is divine; logically, then, it must be diabolical to subalternate.
What are fallacies of ambiguity? What is equivocation? What is a motte-and-bailey? Read on to learn these things and more.
“Sophistry” may not sound like the kind of thing that could affect our everyday lives, unless we’re professional academics. But the truth is, in the information age, it’s more important than ever to be able to detect bad thinking at a glance.