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Archive for Appeal to Indignation

Getting Away With It

July 18, 2012 No Comments

Getting away with it: A particular kind of emotional appeal, related to indignation, that suggests that somebody *must be* doing something wrong, because if he or she were *not* doing something wrong, he or she would not have been able to get the good things that he or she has.

Definitional Matters, Getting away with something

Appeal To Indignation

July 14, 2012 No Comments

Appeal to Indignation: the opposite of pity: witnessing a good that befalls someone who did not deserve it.

Appeal to Indignation, Definitional Matters
2004 Presidential Campaign- MoveOn: Mistakes
2004 Bush Ad – 527 Swift Boat Vets: Why?
2004 Bush – Shame On

2004 Bush – Shame On

April 13, 2011 No Comments

This clip, taken from the 'Daily Show' was used by Michael Moore (in Frienhiet 9/11) and MoveOn to make a political point.

Fake Expert

Fake Expert: A fallacious appeal to authority in which the 'expert' is not an expert at all.

Expert in the wrong domain

Expert in the wrong domain: a fallacious version of an appeal to authority - i.e. appealing to a doctor...

Slippery Slope

Slippery slope: If we take one step, we’ll have to take all the rest of them because there’s no...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post hoc ergo propter hoc: “After this, therefore because of this”, a fallacy in reasoning about causes. (I took...

Poisoning The Well

Poisoning the well: Telling the audience what to think of a speaker when you’re introducing the speaker (My next...

Loaded Question

Loaded question: A question with an unacceptable pre-supposition. (Why do you hate America so much? – Stephen Colbert)

Fallacies of Relevance

Fallacies of Relevance: Bringing up irrelevant considerations in an effort to distract listener from the merits of the actual...

Guilt By Association

Guilt by Association: You are just the same as X, and X is terrible. Therefore, you’re terrible (the conclusion...

Genetic Fallacy

Genetic fallacy: Saying that some idea’s history or origin (genesis) means it is true/false.


Equivocation: when an argument relies on an ambiguous word (a word with more than one possible meaning), shifting in...


Enthymeme: general term for an argument with a gap (missing premise)

Confusing Correlation With Causation

Confusing Correlation With Causation: (Buying gas is correlated with owning a car. Clearly, buying gas causes car ownership.)

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias: seeing what you believe; interpreting observations/data to match a conclusion you already have in mind.

Undermining Biography

Undermining Biography: sewing seeds of doubt due to questionable background. Also known as ‘swiftboating’.