Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an argument and had a strong feeling that something was very wrong with the point your opposition was making, but you couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was?
Chances are, if you had known the logical fallacy they were guilty of committing, you’d have been much better equipped to have a productive philosophical conversation.
On today’s episode, we take a look at several common logical fallacies. We analyze what they mean and how they are used in the context of an argument, and then we provide tons of examples that illustrate how to spot the fallacies. The goal here is to give you more confidence in your ability to practically use the raw information that we talk about on the show every week, and to have an episode you can return back to and refresh your memory if you ever forget them. See the full transcript of this episode here.
A fallacy is a kind of error in reasoning. Fallacies should not be persuasive, but they often are. Fallacies may be created unintentionally, or they may be created intentionally in order to deceive other people. The vast majority of the commonly identified fallacies involve arguments, although some involve explanations, or definitions, or other products of reasoning. Sometimes the term “fallacy” is used even more broadly to indicate any false belief or cause of a false belief. (source)
Further Reading on Logical Fallacies:
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