Style Over Substance|
The manner in which an argument (or arguer) is presented is
taken to affect the likelihood that the conclusion is true.
- Nixon lost the presidential debate because of the sweat on
- Trudeau knows how to move a crowd. He must be right.
- Why don't you take the advice of that nicely dressed
While it is true that the manner in which an argument is
presented will affect whether people believe that its
conclusion is true, nonetheless, the truth of the conclusion
does not depend on the manner in which the argument is
presented. In order to show that this fallacy is being
committed, show that the style in this case does not affect the
truth or falsity of the conclusion.
26 May 1995