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July 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

The most important logical fallacies for policy & LDers to know for debate

1) Naturalistic fallacy. Is-ought (fact vs. value distinction)
2) Power of analogy, the problem of analogy
3) Confusion/conflation (definitional fallacy)
4) Fallacy of division
5) Hasty generalization [how to make generalizations….but in a meaningful way] *****
6) Domino fallacy (exceptions)
7) Ad Hominum
8) Poisoning the Well
9) Gambler fallacy (this isn’t so applicable to debate IMHO…but I think its an important one still).
10) Inference from a label…..its a hard nut to crack…but interesting
11)
12) More in definitional & causal fallacies

Pity, Excuses (?) In the context of personal arguments you are dealing with a different issue
Representativeness
Baby with the bathwater (not a formal fallacy)

See also: other fallacies (find a glossary)
See also: judgement heuristics

Link to another list (link)

This is a short list….I think there are a number of lists that number into the hundreds–which can probably be simplified.
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Activity:
1) Give examples (silly or real world)
2) Find examples (research)
3) Are there exceptions?
4) Teach it to the class (pick 3)

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