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  1. It must be an error in reasoning not a factual error.
  2. It must be commonly applied to an argument either in the form of the argument or in the interpretation of the argument.
  3. It must be deceptive in that it often fools the average adult.

Therefore, we will define a logical fallacy as a concept within argumentation that commonly leads to an error in reasoning due to the deceptive nature of its presentation. Logical fallacies can comprise fallacious arguments that contain one or more non-factual errors in their form or deceptive arguments that often lead to fallacious reasoning in their evaluation.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018 - 10:56 PM

Is an ad hom only personal

I’m in a discussion where a tweet was posted making a claim. In the discussion I copied and pasted a counter argument from a fact check site. People immediately attacked the fact check site and not the counter argument that was presented. I called this an ad hom. They said it wasn’t because they weren’t criticizing my personal character. My response was to think of me as a nuetral observer, I wasn’t making the argument the fact check site was. Who is correct here?



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Michael Chase Walker
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Michael Chase Walker

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About Michael Chase Walker

Michael Chase Walker is an actor, author, screenwriter, producer, and a former adjunct lecturer for the College of Santa Fe Moving Images Department, and Dreamworks Animation. His first motion picture was the animated classic, The Last Unicorn.
Michael was an in-house television writer for the hit television series: He-Man, She-Ra, Voltron, and V, the Series. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Children's programs for CBS Entertainment where he conceived, shaped and supervised the entire 1985 Saturday Morning line-up: Wildfire, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Galaxy High School, Teen Wolf, and over 10
Print Sun, Dec 30, 2018 - 01:41 PM
Hey Geoff, (This seems to have gone unanswered for some time.)

It's difficult to be precise without knowing what was said about the site in question, or directed to you personally. Off hand I'd say this does not qualify as a classic ad hominem, because it appears the argument was about your source and not you personally. I do suggest you peruse Dr. Bo's excellent list of ad hominem variations. To answer your question: no, there are a wide variety of ad hominem attacks and arguments that are not necessarily directly personal. See:
Ad Hominem (Abusive)
Ad Hominem (Circumstantial)
Ad Hominem (Guilt by Association)

I do see some potential areas of fallacious reasonings. such as

Irrelevant thesis - A fallacy of distraction that addesses a tangentially related (and perhaps valid) point that is not the point under discussion. Or, if the site is a Fundamentalist Christian site they could be making an Appeal to authority or even false authority. It depends, but we can't nail it down without knowing the details of the claim. It's possible that they're making a legitimate critique of the website in question and not just a personal attack against you.


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