Lesson #2: Avoid Informal Fallacies

In my philosophy class this week, we talked about informal fallacies. I find that being able to pinpoint fallacies can aid you in being more precise in your own writing and speech, so I thought I’d jot down a post about some of the things I learned.

The basic definition of an informal fallacy is where a logical argument is incorrect even though its form is technically correct. These are some of the most common ones, taken from pages 19-20 in my class textbook, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult. (The definitions below are written in my own words although the examples are taken from either my book or from my professor’s lecture.)

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