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Logical Fallacies and the Art of Debate

Contents: Introduction So why learn logical fallacies at all? Logic as a form of rhetoric Committing your very own logical fallacies The list of fallacies : argumentum ad antiquitatem argumentum ad hominem argumentum ad ignorantiam argumentum ad logicam argumentum ad misericordiam argumentum ad nauseam argumentum ad numerum argumentum ad populum argumentum ad verecundiam circulus in demonstrando complex question dicto simpliciter naturalistic fallacy nature, appeal to non sequitur petitio principii post hoc ergo propter hoc red herring slippery slope straw man tu quoque Introduction This 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