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Attacking The Person

September 22nd, 2009

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Attacking The Person

classification : informal – changing the subject

Attempts to counter a claim or conclusion by attacking the person, rather than addressing the argument itself.

Foundations

Three major forms of Attacking the Person;
1. attack the person who made the argument;
2. attack the relationship between the person making the assertion and the person’s circumstances and,
3. attack on the person because he does not exemplify or practices what he preaches, or has no stronger case than one has oneself.

Examples

A prosecutor asks the judge to not admit the testimony of a burglar because burglars are not trustworthy.

You say I should give up alcohol, but you haven’t been sober for more than a year yourself.

Other Names

Argument against the man

Ad hominem argument

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