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Argument By Assertion

September 24th, 2009

Argument By Assertion

classification : informal

Is a form of non sequitur that requires little effort to make and is therefore often used to fatigue people who make actual arguments into bowing out of debate.

In a form of an ad hominem argument, it involves replying to an argument or assertion by attacking the person


This logical fallacy is sometimes used as a form of rhetoric by politicians, or during a debate as a filibuster. In its extreme form, it can also be a form of brainwashing. Modern politics contains many examples of proof by assertions. This practice can be observed in the use of political slogans, and the distribution of “talking points,” which are collections of short phrases that are issued to members of modern political parties for recitation to achieve maximum message repetition. The technique is also sometimes used in advertising.

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