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Obleftivist Yawon Bwook says Donald Twump is "THE villain of our time." Which of the following best accords with your view?
Yes he is
He's not a villain but a hero
Putin might be a bigger villain
The mullahs might be bigger villains
ISIS might be bigger villains
Ugly Wimmin might be bigger villains
Black Lives Matter might be bigger villains
Snowflake moronnials might be bigger villains
College professors might be bigger villains
Fake News outlets might be bigger villains
Pomowankers might be bigger villains
Obleftivists might be bigger villains
None of the above—specify
Total votes: 9
Recognizing ad hominems
Submitted by Ptgymatic on Tue, 2008-09-02 18:39
Ad hominems are an invalid form of reasoning. They attempt to criticize a conclusion by finding fault with the person who holds that conclusion.
My trusty Oxford Companion to Philosophy says: "ad hominem argument. For Aristotle, a fallacy in which 'persons direct their solutions against the man, not against his arguments.' "Objectivism, of course, points to ad hominems as common, illegitimate tactics in widespread use in modern dialogues. I even think I've seen one or two used here.
So, I propose that we cut and paste any ad hominem arguments we spot in SOLO posts here, and then we can analyze them as to their validity without hi-jacking the thread in which they appear. That should be useful to everyone except those who are adept at recognizing, and themselves avoiding ad hominems. And they will like it because it will reduce the frequency of ad hominems! Fewer ad hominems means clearer discussions, which benefits all.
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