Slippery slope someone commits a slippery slope

Info icon This preview shows pages 3–4. Sign up to view the full content.

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.
Image of page 3

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

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.
Image of page 4
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
  • Spring '13
  • Newman
  • Jack, Ad hominem, Circumstantial ad Hominem

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern