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42 Fallacies for Free

Posted in Philosophy, Reasoning/Logic by Michael LaBossiere on September 5, 2010
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If you Google “fallacy” you will find a link to my work on the first page. I used to be the top link, but Wikipedia beat me. Because of this, I receive a fair amount of email from people asking about fallacies and about getting a copy of the material. I finally got around to updating the material and assembling it into a fairly nice PDF file, complete with a color cover. You can view/download it here: 42 Fallacies.

The book contains the following fallacies:

Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem Tu Quoque

Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief

Appeal to Authority

Appeal to Belief

Appeal to Common Practice

Appeal to Emotion

Appeal to Popularity

Appeal to Fear

Appeal to Flattery

Appeal to Novelty

Appeal to Pity

Appeal to Popularity

Appeal to Ridicule

Appeal to Spite

Appeal to Tradition

Begging the Question

Biased Generalization

Burden of Proof

Circumstantial Ad Hominem

Fallacy of Composition

Confusing Cause and Effect

Fallacy of Division

False Dilemma

Gambler’s Fallacy

Genetic Fallacy

Guilt by Association

Hasty Generalization

Ignoring a Common Cause

Middle Ground

Misleading Vividness

Peer Pressure

Personal Attack

Poisoning the Well

Post Hoc

Questionable Cause

Red Herring

Relativist Fallacy

Slippery Slope

Special Pleading


Straw Man

Two Wrongs Make a Right

Who is to Say?

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  1. Jules Yim said, on September 5, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Thank you; this will be very useful.

  2. beyondanomie said, on September 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Always good to have an easy reference copy of these. Thank you!

  3. T. J. Babson said, on September 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I think Mike may be a Douglas Adams fan.

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