Logical Fallacies in Deductive Reasoning Help (page 3)

Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Logical Fallacies in Deductive Reasoning In Short

Now you're armed with three more fallacies to watch out for: ad hominem, the red herring, and the straw man. In ad hominem, the arguer attacks the person instead of the claim. A red herring brings in an irrelevant issue to throw the argument off track. The straw man presents a distorted picture of the opponent so that the opponent will be easy to knock down. Be on the lookout for these and the other fallacies you've learned as you check for the validity of arguments.

Skill Building until Next Time

  • One way to help you recognize these fallacies is to be sure you can commit them yourself. So, like you did in the previous two lessons, think of several good, logical reasons to support an argument. Then, come up with examples of each of the logical fallacies you learned in this lesson.
  • Listen to a call-in talk show on the radio or watch a debate on television, preferably on where audience members are allowed to participate. Listen carefully for the logical fallacies that you've learned. Chances are, you'll catch a lot of people trying to get away with false logic.

Exercises for this lesson can be found at Logical Fallacies in Deductive Reasoning Practice.

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