Since we talked about informal fallacies a few days ago, I thought I’d expand that post a little bit to help you avoid informal fallacies in your own writing, and the best way I know how is to tell you to think mechanically.
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.)