case in which no clear line can be drawn, that either a line must be drawn or we can’t claim that there is a difference between one extreme and the other. In the line drawing fallacy, a claim is made about a concept in which no clear line can be drawn. Then the claim is rejected because no clear line can be drawn. There’s no such thing as eating too many cookies. Clearly there’s nothing wrong with one cookie. So there must not be anything wrong with two cookies. Since we can’t tell exactly when there are too many cookies, there can’t ever be too many cookies. I’m tired of people saying that secondhand smoke causes cancer . I just don’t get it. When exactly does smoke cause cancer? When you take your first breath in a smoky room? Your second? Your third? If you can’t tell me exactly when the smoke causes cancer then it doesn’t cause cancer at all. You can say that Harriet ate too much . When exactly did she eat too much? Was it when she put jelly on her waffles? Was it when she ate the ice cream cone? I don’t think you can say that I’m late, because you don’t say on the syllabus exactly how many minutes you have to be late for it to count.
- Spring '13
- Jack, Ad hominem, Circumstantial ad Hominem