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Quoting Out Of Context

November 29th, 2009

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Quoting Out Of Context

classification : informal – fallacies of ambiguity

To quote out of context is to remove a passage from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its meaning.

Foundations

It is often included with the Fallacy of Accent.  However, Aristotle’s original Fallacy of Accent referred solely to shifting the accent on syllables within words, and it has already be stretched a little to include shifting the accent between words within a sentence. To expand it further is reason the concept of “quoting out of context” gets its own section.

Fallacious quoting can take two distinct forms; Straw Man and Appeal to Authority.

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