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Logical Fallacies and the Art of Debate

Contents:IntroductionSo why learn logical fallacies at all?Logic as a form of rhetoricCommitting your very own logical fallaciesThe list of fallacies:argumentum ad antiquitatemargumentum ad hominemargumentum ad ignorantiamargumentum ad logicamargumentum ad misericordiamargumentum ad nauseamargumentum ad numerumargumentum ad populumargumentum ad verecundiamcirculus in demonstrandocomplex questiondicto simpliciternaturalistic fallacynature, appeal tonon sequiturpetitio principiipost hoc ergo propter hocred herringslippery slopestraw mantu quoqueIntroductionThis is a guide to using logical fallacies in debate. And when I say "using," I don't mean just pointing them out when opposing debaters commit them -- I mean deliberately committing them oneself, or finding ways to transform fallacious arguments into perfectly good ones.Debate is, fortunately or not, an exercise in persuasion, wit, and rhetoric, not just logic. In a debate format that limits each debater's speaking …