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False Analogy

September 22nd, 2009

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False Analogy

classification : informal – inductive fallacies

A fallacy in an argument that mistakenly seeks to establish a causal connection when dissimilar objects or events are compared as if the same.

Foundations

Analogies are neither true nor false, instead they come in degrees from near similarity ( Apples to Oranges ) to extreme dissimilarity ( Apples To Orangutans )

Examples

People are like dogs. They respond best to clear discipline.

We are in a recession. The Great Depression started the same way.

Other Names

False Cause

Questionable Analogy

False Metaphor

Apples and Oranges

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