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Critical Thinking 11: ʻ Irrational ʼ techniques of persuasion August 11, 2009 Kepa Korta [email protected]
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Fallacies vs. ʻ irrational ʼ techniques of persuasion Fallacies: arguments that seem to be good, though they fail in terms of acceptability, relevance or adequacy. ‘Irrational’ techniques of persuasion: they involve no argument at all
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Loaded terms Terms with (positive or negative) evaluative meaning, beyond their descriptive (neutral) meaning ‘freedom fighter’ or ‘terrorist,’ instead of ‘fighter’ (‘rebel’?) ‘Pure’ evaluative terms (‘good,’ ‘right’ …) do not count as loaded terms.
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Loaded questions Questions with presuppositions Have you stopped beating your wife?
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False confdence
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2009 for the course PHIL 2003 taught by Professor Kepakorta during the Summer '09 term at Carleton.

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