Two otherwise unrelated points are conjoined and treated as
a single proposition. The reader is expected to accept or
reject both together, when in reality one is acceptable while
the other is not. A complex question is an illegitimate use of
the "and" operator.
- You should support home education and the God-given
right of parents to raise their children according to their
- Do you support freedom and the right to bear arms?
- Have you stopped using illegal sales practises? (This asks
two questions: did you use illegal practises, and did you
Identify the two propositions illegitimately conjoined and
show that believing one does not mean that you have to
believe the other.
Cedarblom and Paulsen: 86, Copi and Cohen: 96
13 August 1996