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Ad Hominem Fallacy

Ad Hominem Fallacy is a logical fallacy in which an argument is attacked by focusing on the person making the argument, rather than the argument itself. This fallacy occurs when someone tries to discredit an argument by attacking the character, motive, or other personal attribute of the person making the argument, rather than addressing the substance of the argument. Ad Hominem Fallacy is a common tactic used in debates and arguments, and it is often employed when an individual cannot refute the argument presented by their opponent. Ad Hominem Fallacy can take many forms, including personal attacks, character assassination, and guilt by association. Personal attacks involve attacking the person making the argument, rather than the argument itself. Character assassination involves attacking the character of the person making the argument, rather than addressing the substance of the argument. Guilt by association involves associating the person making the argument with a group or individual that is unpopular or discredited. Ad Hominem Fallacy is a fallacy because it does not address the substance of the argument being made. Instead, it attempts to discredit the argument by attacking the person making it. This is not a valid way to refute an argument, as the validity of an argument is determined by its substance, not by the character or motives of the person making it.

logical fallacy, argument, personal attacks, character assassination, guilt by association

Richard Martinez

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Ad Hominem Fallacy

Ad Hominem Fallacy is a type of mistake people make when they are trying to make a point or prove something. This mistake is when someone uses a person's character or background to try and prove that their point is true, instead of using facts. This is not a good way to prove a point because it doesn't take into account the actual facts that support the argument. People should always make sure to use real facts and evidence when making an argument.

Related terms: Argumentation, Logical Fallacy, Cognitive Bias

Thomas Lee

CITATION : "Thomas Lee. 'Ad Hominem Fallacy.' Design+Encyclopedia. https://design-encyclopedia.com/?E=214617 (Accessed on February 24, 2024)"


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