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Fallacies

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The point of an argument is to give reasons in support of some conclusion. An argument commits a fallacy when the reasons offered do not support the conclusion.

These pages describe the known logical fallacies. To browse, either go to the table of contents or follow the 'next' and'previous' icons.

Each fallacy is described in the following format:

    Name: this is the generally accepted name of the fallacy
    Definition: the fallacy is defined
    Examples: examples of the fallacy are given
    Proof: the steps needed to prove that the fallacy is committed
If you can think of more fallacies that you'd really like to see, please send me a note. For more information: please consult the references and resource pages. For educators: the entire document is now stored in one file for easy download. Please see the bottom of the table of contents page. And as always, I hope you'll find the time to browse my home page. Thanks for the support!
02 February 1996

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