Informal Indeed!

Posted: September 14, 2016 in Articles

Today I was studying more informal fallacies for logic. Informal fallacies are logical mistakes that occur in regular English. A trained logician would know these mistake and (hopefully) wouldn’t make them, but in conversational English, they do happen. There are many types of informal fallacies that are split into categories such as fallacies of distraction, fallacies of ambiguity, and fallacies of form. Within the categories, there are specific mistakes which are given names so that they can be identified quickly.

Sometimes, the names given to these fallacies are in Latin. The fallacies of distraction really have quite eloquent names (for someone like me who doesn’t know Latin): ipse dixit, ad baculum, tu quoque, ad hominem, and a few others. As I read on, I noticed that all of the fallacies were given names like that until I read the last one. Not only is it an informal fallacy, it has an informal name! “Chronological snobbery.”

I guess even logicians like to have fun with words every once in a while, huh?

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