Logic and Fallacy

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  • Topic: Fallacy, Logical fallacies, Relevance fallacies
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Ladies and gentlemen, today the lines of battle have been drawn. When the din of clashing armor has finally died way, the Republican party will emerge victorious! We are the true party of the American people! We embody the values that all real Americans Ad Populum - Appeal to the People

Fallacy of Relevance
As a businessperson you certainly want to subscribe to Forbes magazine. Virtually all the successful business executives in the country subscribe to it. Ad Populum - Appeal to the People

Fallacy of Relevance
Of course you should eat Wheaties. Wheaties is the breakfast of champions, you know. Ad Populum - Appeal to the People

Fallacy of Relevance
The position open in the accounting department should be given to Frank Thompson. Frank has 6 hungry children to feed, and his wife desperately needs an operation to save her eyesight. Ad Misericordiam - Appeal to Pity

Fallacy of Relevance
Surely architect Norris is not responsible for the collapse of the Central Bank Tower. Norris has had nothing but trouble lately. His daughter eloped with a child molester, his son committed suicide, and his alcoholic wife recentl left for Las Vegas with Ad Misericordiam - Appeal to Pity

Fallacy of Relevance
I know that some of you oppose the appointment of David Cole as the new sales manager. Upon further consideration, however, I am confident you will find him well qualified for the job. If Cole is not appointed, it may become necessary to make severe pers Ad Baculum - Appeal to Force

Fallacy of Relevance
Surely you welcome the opportunity to join our protective organization. Think of all the money you will lose from broken windows, overturned trucks, and damaged merchandise in the event of your not joining. Ad Baculum - Appeal to Force

Fallacy of Relevance
Johnny, of course I deserve the use of your bike for the afternoon. After all, I'm sure you wouldn't want you mother to find out that you played hooky today. Ad Baculum - Appeal to Force

Fallacy of Relevance
Marge Schott, minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds, has argued that professional baseball should be exempt from federal antitrust legislation. But consider this: Schott is a disgusting racist bigot who speaks approvingly of Adolf Hitler. Clearly, we sho Ad Hominem (Abusive)

Fallacy of Relevance
Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy is not worth the paper it's printed on. Nietzsche was an immoral reprobate who went completely insave from syphillis before he died. Ad Hominem (Abusive)

Fallacy of Relevance
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle argues that ethanol should be added to gasoline to reduce air pollution. But of course Daschle arges this way. He represents South Dakota, which is loaded with grain growers, and ethanol is manufactured from grain. Thus Ad Hominem (Circumstantial)

Fallacy of Relevance
Paula Anderson, spokesperson for State Farm Insurance, has argued that jury awards for pain and suffering should be severly limited. But his is exactly what you would expect her to say. After all, attorney fees come out of these awards, and if the awards Ad Hominem (Circumstantial)

Fallacy of Relevance
President George W. Bush argues that we should open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. But Bush just wants to reward his rich cronies in the oil industry who got him elected. Thus, we can hardly take Bush's argument seriously. Ad Hominem (Circumstantial)

Fallacy of Relevance
If a car breaks down on the freeway, a passing mechanic is not obligated to render emergency road service. For similar reasons, if a person suffers a heart attack on the street, a passing physician is not obligated to render emergency medical assistance. Ignoratio Elenchi

Fallacy of Relevance
Dear Internal Revenue Service: I received a notice that my taxes are being audited for last year. But you have no right to do this. The deadline for filing a return was April 15, and I filed my tax return on April 12 -- a full three days before...
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