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Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem


 
 

Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem fallacies occur when an attempt is made to discredit the person rather than addressing the evidence. Ad Hominem attacks are very common. They consist of the claim that something must be false because the person who said it is not thought to be credible, regardless of the argument itself. The only time it may be rational to question the person is when the person alone is the premise for the argument. When someone uses authority as a premise, that authority can be brought into question.

Tip: When someone attacks you personally, realize that they have run out of gas. They have nothing of substance to say.

Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem

"Did it ever occur to you that you are a crazed religious nut?" (and therefore I am not going to listen to a word you say, or try to refute your arguments).

"I'll bet you get your information from [insert a person or website here]. They are not believable. Everything about them is wrong."

The usual targets are websites such as Answers in Genesis, the Bible, or any other source that disagrees with the person using this fallacy.



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Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem



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There are 22 sub-topics of "Relevance Fallacies Against the Person, Organization, Book, etc."

Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem

Logical Fallacy of Abusive Ad Hominem / Character Assassination / Smear Campaign / Throwing Stones

Logical Fallacy of Name Calling / Nominalization / Labeling / Nouning

Logical Fallacy of Creating Misgivings / Ad Fidentia

Logical Fallacy of Circumstantial Ad Hominem/Appeal to Motive/Appeal to Conflict of Interest/Appeal to Personal Interest/Argument from Motives/Questioning Motives/Appeal to Vested Interest

Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem Ridicule

Logical Fallacy of Ad Hominem Tu Quoque

The Logical Fallacy of Demonizing

Logical Fallacy of Demagoguery

Logical Fallacy of Dehumanizing

Logical Fallacy of Argumentum Ad Fidentia

Logical Fallacy of Tu Quoque / You Too / Appeal to Hypocrisy / Personal Inconsistency (a form of ad hominem)

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Logical Fallacy of Origins / Genetic Fallacy / Fallacy of Virtue

Knights and Knaves Fallacy

Group Fallacy

Not Invented Here Fallacy

Corrupt Source Fallacy

Psychogenetic Fallacy

Logical Fallacy of Poisoning the Well / Discrediting

Logical Fallacy of Guilt by Association Ad Hominem / Bad Company Fallacy / The Company that You Keep Fallacy / Ex Concessis

Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Popular Pieties / Popular Prejudice / Appeal to What is Popular / Homily Ad Hominem (type of)

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