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10 terms

Informal Fallacies

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Division
argues that if a whole unit has a quality, then each part must have that quality.
appeal to people
argues that since most people do something, you should too.
False Cause
concludes that since two incidents happened at about the same time, one event caused another.
Hasty Generalization
judges a group by the actions or appearance of one, or a few, members of that group.
Composition
assumes that because every part has a characteristic, the whole unit will also have that characteristic.
Appeal to Authority
uses the testimony of an expert who is not an expert on the subject being discussed.
Appeal to Force
convinces by arousing fears.
Equivocation
uses ambiguous words, which cloud meaning.
Ignorance
uses information that has not ben proven to be either true or false.
False Dilemma
offers fewer options than really exist.