Monday, November 20, 2017

Another Favorite Fallacy: Judging An Argument By Its Source

Balancing Humility and Ambition for the Inner Ring

K. E. Colombini
 

In his new book How to Think, Alan Jacobs brings up a 1944 lecture by the British writer C.S. Lewis that summarizes well the state of politics three-quarters of a century later and an ocean away—not surprising perhaps, given that his observation is one that humanity has experienced for millennia. In his lecture at King’s […]

Another Favorite Fallacy: Judging An Argument By Its Source

Nicholas Senz
 

In a previous essay, I identified the ad lapidem fallacy as the one most commonly used in social media “debates” (I use that term very loosely). This is the tactic of responding to an argument not by addressing its substance, but by mocking it, scoffing at it, or otherwise denigrating it so that observers will […]

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