Ad hominem

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[[Ad hominem]] fallacies involve attacking the person rather than the argument.
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[[Ad hominem]] fallacies involve attacking the person rather than the argument, e.g., by casting aspersions on that person's character, or associating the person with a distasteful ideology.
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This is a logical fallacy because the fact that a person is repugnant does not mean that they are wrong.
  
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==
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* Elizabeth is a convicted drug user
 
* Elizabeth is a convicted drug user
 
* Therefore Elizabeth's claims aren't trustworthy
 
* Therefore Elizabeth's claims aren't trustworthy
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* Bob says that the sky is blue.
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* Bob is a communist, and cannot be trusted.
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* Therefore, the sky is not blue.
  
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]

Revision as of 15:22, 18 July 2006

Ad hominem fallacies involve attacking the person rather than the argument, e.g., by casting aspersions on that person's character, or associating the person with a distasteful ideology.

This is a logical fallacy because the fact that a person is repugnant does not mean that they are wrong.

Examples

  • Elizabeth claims that John murdered Sally
  • Elizabeth is a convicted drug user
  • Therefore Elizabeth's claims aren't trustworthy


  • Bob says that the sky is blue.
  • Bob is a communist, and cannot be trusted.
  • Therefore, the sky is not blue.
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