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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 Exercises Exercise Set 6-1 - Working in groups, invent a simple, original, and clear illustration of each fallacy covered in this chapter. Then in the class as a whole select the illustrations that are clearest and most straightforward. Go over these illustrations before doing the remaining exercises in this chapter, and review them before you take a test on this material. false dilemma perfectionist fallacy 2. Overheard: "No, I'm against this health plan business. None of the proposals are gonna fix everything, you can bet on that." false dilemma 3. You have a choice: Either you let 'em out to murder and rape again and again, or you put up with a little prison overcrowding. I know what I'd choose 5. Way I figure is, giving up smoking isn't gonna make me live forever, so why bother? false dilemma perfectionist fallacy Ad hominem (inconsistency) 6. "The trouble with [syndicated columnist Joseph] Sobran's gripe about Clinton increasing the power of the federal government is that Sobran is the one who wants the government to tell women they can't have abortions." - From a newspaper call-in column Ad hominem personal attack circumstantial 8. Bush's tax cut stinks. He's just trying to please big business. Begging the question 9. I believe Tim is telling the truth about his brother because he just would not lie about that sort of thing. Exercise 6-3 Classify each of the following cases of ad hominem as personal attack ad hominem, circumstantial ad hominem, inconsistency ad hominem, poisoning the well, or genetic fallacy. Identify the cases, if any, in which it might be difficult or futile to assign the item to any single one of these categories, as well as those cases, if any, where the item doesn't fit comfortably into any of these categories at all. 2. Rush Limbaugh argues that the establishment clause of the First Amendment should not be stretched beyond its intended dimensions by precluding voluntary prayer in public schools. This is a peculiar argument, when you consider that Limbaugh is quite willing to stretch the Second Amendment to include the right to own assault rifles and Saturday night specials. Inconsistency ad hominem Poisoning the well (or inconsistency ad hominem) 3. I think you can safely assume that Justice Scalia's opinions on the cases before the Supreme Court this term will be every bit as flaky as his past opinions Circumstantial ad hominem 5. REPUBLICAN: Finally! Finally the governor is getting around to reducing taxes-as he promised. What do you think of his plan? DEMOCRAT: Not much. He's just doing it so the Democrats won't get all the credit. 6. Dear Editor I read with amusement the letter by Leslie Burr titled "It's time to get tough." Did anyone else notice a little problem in her views? It seems a little odd that somebody who claims that she "loathes violence" could also say that "criminals should pay with their life." I guess consistency isn't Ms. Burr's greatest concern Inconsistency ad hominem...
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2008 for the course PHIL 211 taught by Professor Reed during the Fall '07 term at University of Louisville.

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