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AP English 11 Logical Fallacies

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Argumentum Ad Baculum
The argument of the stick; a threat. (You should believe me or you will be punished.)
Argumentum Ad Populum
The "bandwagon: approach- it is correct because it is popular.
Argumentum Ad Verecundiam
An appeal to an authority, but in an area outside his/her area of expertise.
Argumentum Ad Hominem
To attack the person instead of the argument.
Argumentum Ad Misericordiam
To use emotion or call upon pity to hide the read argument.
Argumentum "A"
Arguing from ignorance. (Since I don't know if Ad Ignorantiamis is false, "B" must be true.)
Ignoratio Elenchi
The use of another issue-usually an emotional one-to draw attention from the real issue. Also called, and frequently better known as, red herring. (SQUIRREL)
Special Pleading
The argument that the rules should not apply to this special case.
Black or White Argument.
Presenting an "Either/or" situation when there are other alternatives.
Accent
Shifting the emphasis or accent in a deceptive way.
Accident
Trying to disprove a statement that is generally true with a very specific example.
Hasty Generalization
To generalize based upon only a few examples (stereotypes).
Fallacy of the Beard
Assuming that individual actions have no collective impact.
Truth is in the Middle
A claim that "average" gives the true picture, when that is not true; the use of facts or figures to tell what is "true" but not what is "accurate."
False Cause
Something is stated to be the result of something else, when no causal connection can be found OR something is stated to be the only cause when there may be many causes.
Guilt By Association
Generic Fallacy
Slippery Slope
Exaggeration
Strawman
"I'm for the environment" "I'm for education"
Petitio Principii
Assuming your conclusion as your proof, also where two things are seen as the cause and the effect of each other. ALSO CALLED BEGGING THE QUESTION or CIRCULAR REASONING.
Equivocation
The words of the argument have a double meaning.
Amphiboly
The phrases and sentences have a double meaning.
Complex Question
A double question when the answer to the first is assumed to be "yes."
Composition
Working from the parts to the whole, so that a quality of each one of the parts is assumed to apply to the whole.
Division
Working from the whole to the parts, so that a quality of the whole is assumed to apply to each of the parts.