|Ad Hominem Attack
What follows is the second installment of a dictionary of logical fallacies. Study these fallacies well. There will be a quiz.
- False Dilemma - Present an either or argument when other options exist.
- Guilt by Association - Argument is false because people I don't like agree with it.
- Hasty Generalization - Draw conclusion about population based on too small a sample.
- Middle Ground - Assume the centrist position is correct.
- Misleading Vividness - Give dramatic example more weight than statistical evidence.
- Poisoning the Well - Unfavorable information about person used to discredit future claims.
- Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc - One thing preceding another is not proof of a causal relationship.
- Red Herring - Introduce irrelevant topic to divert attention from original issue.
- Slippery Slope - Assert event inevitably follows from another without proof.
- Straw Man - Attack misrepresented version of opponents position.
- Two Wrongs Make a Right - Justify an act against another by asserting they would do the same.