APLAC: Logical Fallacies

ad hominem
any argument that criticizes an idea by pointing something out about the person who holds the idea, rather than directly addressing the actual merit of the idea
argument from (false) authority
tempts reader to agree with writer's assumptions based on the authority of a famous person or entity or on his or her own character when the writer is well-known
appeal to ignorance
argument is based on the assumption that whatever has not been proven false must be true / whatever has not been proven true must be false
begging the question
argument in which someone assumes that parts or all of what the person claims to be proving are proven facts
hasty generalization
when a writer deliberately leads you to a conclusion by providing insufficient, selective evidence
non sequitur
a statement that does not relate logically to what comes before it
false dichotomy
an argument that consists of a consideration of only the two extremes when there are one or more intermediate possibilities
slippery slope
the argument suggests dire consequences from relatively minor causes
faulty causality
the setting up of a cause-and-effect relationship when none exists; in this argument, one event can happen after another without the first necessarily being the direct cause of the second
straw man argument
an argument that oversimplifies an opponent's argument to make it easier to attack
sentimental appeals
an argument that attempts to appeal to the hearts / emotions of readers, so that they forget to use their brains
red herring
an argument that attempts to shift attention away from an important issue by introducing an issue that has no logical connection to the discussion at hand
scare tactics
an argument used to frighten the audience into agreeing with the speaker; often used when the speaker has no logical argument on which to fall back
bandwagon appeals
peer pressure; encourages the listener to agree with a position because everyone else does
an argument where the speaker presumes that his or her beliefs are beyond question; I'm correct because I'm correct
telling part of the truth, while deliberately hiding the entire truth; lying by omission
faulty analogy
an illogical, misleading comparison between two things