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Fallacy of False Attribution

December 12th, 2009

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Fallacy of False Attribution

classification : informal – fallacies of ambiguity – equivocation

Occurs when an advocate appeals to an irrelevant, unqualified, unidentified, biased or fabricated source in support of an argument.

Examples

“Objectivism advocates infanticide, therefore Objectivism is evil.”

Foundations

Present a false description of your adversary and then base your repudiation on that description.

Other Names

Equivocation
Fallacy of quoting out of context
Loki’s Wager
No true Scotsman
Reification
Matthew effect ( “accumulated advantage” )
Begging The Question

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