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Bulverism

November 24th, 2009

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Bulverism

classification : informal – Non-sequitur

Rather than proving that an argument is wrong, a person instead assumes it is wrong, and then goes on to explain why the other person held that argument..

Foundations

The term “Bulverism” was coined by C. S. Lewis. Lewis wrote about this in a 1941 essay of the same name, later included in the anthology God in the Dock. It is very similar to Antony Flew’s “Subject/Motive Shift”.

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