Did man create the idea of God? They claim that the idea of a God or gods is simply the way human beings explain things that are too difficult to understand. Some state that belief in the supernatural ignores science and embraces superstition.
Informal fallacy Informal fallacies — arguments that are fallacious for reasons other than structural formal flaws and usually require examination of the argument's content. Equivocation — the misleading use of a term with more than one meaning by glossing over which meaning is intended at a particular time.
The arguer advances the controversial position, but when challenged, they insist that they are only advancing the more modest position. See also the if-by-whiskey fallacy, below.
Ecological fallacy — inferences about the nature of specific individuals are based solely upon aggregate statistics collected for the group to which those individuals belong.
Fallacy of quoting out of context contextotomy, contextomy; quotation mining — refers to the selective excerpting of words from their original context in a way that distorts the source's intended meaning.
Related to the appeal to authority not always fallacious. False dilemma false dichotomy, fallacy of bifurcation, black-or-white fallacy — two alternative statements are held to be the only possible options when in reality there are more.
Historian's fallacy — the assumption that decision makers of the past viewed events from the same perspective and had the same information as those subsequently analyzing the decision. Historical fallacy — a set of considerations is thought to hold good only because a completed process is read into the content of the process which conditions this completed result.
Explains without actually explaining the real nature of a function or a process. Instead, it explains the concept in terms of the concept itself, without first defining or explaining the original concept.
Explaining thought as something produced by a little thinker, a sort of homunculus inside the head, merely explains it as another kind of thinking as different but the same. Incomplete comparison — insufficient information is provided to make a complete comparison. Inconsistent comparison — different methods of comparison are used, leaving a false impression of the whole comparison.
Intentionality fallacy — the insistence that the ultimate meaning of an expression must be consistent with the intention of the person from whom the communication originated e. Mind projection fallacy — subjective judgments are "projected" to be inherent properties of an object, rather than being related to personal perceptions of that object.
Moralistic fallacy — inferring factual conclusions from purely evaluative premises in violation of fact—value distinction. For instance, inferring is from ought is an instance of moralistic fallacy.
Moralistic fallacy is the inverse of naturalistic fallacy defined below. Moving the goalposts raising the bar — argument in which evidence presented in response to a specific claim is dismissed and some other often greater evidence is demanded.
Nirvana fallacy perfect-solution fallacy — solutions to problems are rejected because they are not perfect. Onus probandi — from the Latin onus probandi incumbit ei qui dicit, non ei qui negat the burden of proof is on the person who makes the claim, not on the person who denies or questions the claim.
It is a particular case of the argumentum ad ignorantiam fallacy, here the burden is shifted on the person defending against the assertion.
Also known as " shifting the burden of proof ". Proof by assertion — a proposition is repeatedly restated regardless of contradiction; sometimes confused with argument from repetition argumentum ad infinitum, argumentum ad nauseam Prosecutor's fallacy — a low probability of false matches does not mean a low probability of some false match being found.
Proving too much — using a form of argument that, if it were valid, could be used to reach an additional, invalid conclusion. Psychologist's fallacy — an observer presupposes the objectivity of their own perspective when analyzing a behavioral event. Referential fallacy  — assuming all words refer to existing things and that the meaning of words reside within the things they refer to, as opposed to words possibly referring to no real object or that the meaning of words often comes from how they are used.
Reification concretism, hypostatization, or the fallacy of misplaced concreteness — a fallacy of ambiguity, when an abstraction abstract belief or hypothetical construct is treated as if it were a concrete, real event or physical entity.In general, of course, it's a good idea to avoid logical fallacies if at all possible, because a good debater will almost always catch you.
It is especially important to avoid obvious logical fallacies like the one above (argumentum ad populum), because they are vulnerable to . The words "moral" and "ethics" (and cognates) are often used interchangeably.
In favour of capitalism The basic problem of economics - How can we make our country prosperous? - was solved long ago, in the 18th century, by Adam Smith and other thinkers of the Enlightenment. Yet some people, all these years later, still don't believe it. Economic freedom (capitalism, property rights), intellectual freedom (science and technology) and self-interest makes societies prosperous. The vast majority of LSAT Logical Reasoning questions will have an argument in their stimulus, and the vast majority of those arguments will contain some sort of flawed reasoning. The Flaw we discuss in this section is among the easiest to spot on the LSAT: Internal Contradiction. In general, of course, it's a good idea to avoid logical fallacies if at all possible, because a good debater will almost always catch you. It is especially important to avoid obvious logical fallacies like the one above (argumentum ad populum), because they are vulnerable to .
However, it is useful to make the following distinction: Morality is the system through which we determine right and wrong conduct -- i.e., the guide to good or right conduct..
Ethics is the philosophical study of Morality.. What, then, is a moral theory? In the information age, the obligations that individuals and organizations have regarding the preservation of existing values and institutions fall within the moral dimension of: A) family and home.
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Logic & Fallacies Constructing a Logical Argument () mathew [ Español / Spanish] Introduction. There is a lot of debate on the net.
Unfortunately, much of it is of very low quality. The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues.A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term.