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Fallacy Of Accident

September 22nd, 2009

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Fallacy Of Accident

classification : informal – fallacies involving statistical syllogisms

A principle that holds true as a general rule applied to a specific case that is unusual or atypical.


Involves reasoning with rules of thumb. The difference between rules of thumb and universal generalizations, is that the former have exceptions.


It is good to return things you have borrowed. Therefore, you should return an automatic rifle to the madman from whom it was borrowed.

The U.S. is a true democracy; therefore, children and criminals should be allowed to vote.

Other Names:

Destroying the Exception

Sweeping Generalization

Poisoning the Well

Note: On Sophistical Refutations – Translated by W. A. Pickard-Cambridge

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