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Essential Logic: The Logical Fallacies

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  1. Introduction
    Essential Logic: The Logical Fallacies---Course Introduction
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  2. Lessons
    Lesson 1: Ad Hominem Abusive (Preview Content)
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  3. Lesson 2: Ad Hominem Circumstantial (Preview Content)
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  4. Lesson 3: Tu Quoque (Preview Content)
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  5. Lesson 4: Genetic Fallacy
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  6. Lesson 5: Appeal to Fear (Argumentum Ad Baculum)
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  7. Lesson 6: Appeal to Pity (Argumentum Ad Misericordiam)
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  8. Lesson 7: Mob Appeal (Argumentum Ad Populum)
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  9. Lesson 8: Snob Appeal
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  10. Lesson 9: Appeal to Illegitimate Authority (Argumentum Ad Verecundiam)
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  11. Lesson 10: Chronological Snobbery
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  12. Lesson 11: Appeal to Ignorance
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  13. Lesson 12: Irrelevant Goals and Functions
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  14. Lesson 13: Irrelevant Thesis
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  15. Lesson 14: Straw Man Fallacy
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  16. Lesson 15: Begging the Question (Petitio Principii)
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  17. Lesson 16: Bifurcation (False Dilemma)
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  18. Lesson 17: Fallacy of Moderation
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  19. Lesson 18: Is-Ought Fallacy
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  20. Lesson 19: Fallacy of Composition
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  21. Lesson 20: Fallacy of Division
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  22. Lesson 21: Sweeping Generalization (Accident)
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  23. Lesson 22: Hasty Generalization (Converse Accident)
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  24. Lesson 23: False Analogy
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  25. Lesson 24: False Cause
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  26. Lesson 25: Fake Precision
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  27. Lesson 26: Equivocation
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  28. Lesson 27: Accent
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  29. Lesson 28: Distinction without a Difference
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  30. Lesson 29: The Frenetic Fallacy (Extra)
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  31. Discussions
    Discussion: Meet the Students
  32. Discussion: Four Students, Full of Fallacies
  33. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: The Logical Fallacies
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The word “fallacy” comes to us from the Latin word fallacia, which means “a trick, deceit.” It is related to the Latin word fallax, which means “deceitful or fallacious.”

Dictionary.com gives us these definitions of “fallacy”:

  1. A deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.: That the world is flat was at one time a popular fallacy.

2. A misleading or unsound argument

3. Deceptive, misleading, or false nature; erroneousness

4. Logic: any of various types of erroneous reasoning that renders arguments logically unsound

Knowing that humans are “fallen,” we should not be surprised that we are “fallible” and therefore engage in “fallacious” arguments—we commit “fallacies.” Since this afflicts us all, we should be kind and respectful when pointing out the fallacies of others, since we too frequently fall into fallacious argumentation ourselves.