Fallacies of Argument

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Fallacies of Argument Flashpoints of Emotional Argument 1. Scare Tactics. “exaggerating possible dangers well beyond their…likelihood.” 2. Either-Or Choices. “reduce[ing] the options for action to only two choices…reduc[ing] a complicated issue to excessively simple terms or…obscur[ing] legitimate alternatives.” 3. Slippery Slope. “exaggerat[ing] the likely consequences of an action” and suggesting that it will lead to more serious/dangerous/undesirable situations/beliefs/policies [Note: this is a special case of Scare Tactics.] 4. Sentimental Appeals. “arguments that use tender emotions excessively to distract readers from facts….such appeals are highly personal and individual---focusing on heart-warming or heart-wrenching situations that make readers feel guilty if they challenge an idea, policy, or proposal.” 5. Bandwagon Appeals . “arguments that urge people to follow the same path everyone else is taking”—in other words, to
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