Slippery slope someone commits a slippery slope

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SLIPPERY SLOPE Someone commits a SLIPPERY SLOPE fallacy when they assume that taking one step will take them down one step after another until they are all the way down the slope. My son wants me to give him fifteen dollars for his class’s field trip. I’m not going to give it to him. I have fifteen dollars and wouldn’t mind giving it to him, but if I give him fifteen dollars for this field trip I will have to give him money for every field trip and that would cost over one hundred dollars. Our economist thinks that we should raise taxes one percent. I am against it. If we raise taxes this year we will have to raise them next year by the same amount, and I’m against more than a one percent rise in taxes.
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BEGGING THE QUESTION Someone is BEGGING THE QUESTION when, instead of answering the question, the speaker just repeats their position. Kara : It’s wrong to take more than twenty napkins at Burger King. Jack : Why? Kara : Because it’s wrong. Murderers don’t have a right to live. Why? Because they don’t have a right to live GENETIC FALLACY Someone commits the GENETIC fallacy when they challenge a claim based on its history or source (where the source isn’t an individual, in which case it would be ad hominem). The FDA says that blue food coloring is safe too eat but I don’t trust anything the FDA says.
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  • Spring '13
  • Newman
  • Jack, Ad hominem, Circumstantial ad Hominem

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