Informal Fallacies

Write 3 paragraphs explaining the following: 1. Define ONE SPECIFIC informal fallacy (i.e., “ad hominem,” “slippery slope” etc.) Make sure to use a formal definition and cite the source. Cite as (author, year, page number) 2. Explain the informal fallacy and provide an example of an argument that commits that fallacy. 3. Explain how the informal fallacy is using faulty reasoning (i.e., explain WHY it is a bad form of reasoning). Give sufficient explanation to show your reader why that fallacy is irrational. 4. Provide citation and bibliography. You can use Informal Fallacies by John Arthur (a PDF file). You may also use FallacyFiles.org for examples of fallacies. On the left-hand side of the web page, there is an “alphabetical list of fallacies” that you can search through. *Do not use outside resources. *For citation and bibliography instructions see APA citation HELPSHEET.

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