Fallacy of the Week – Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem _ directing an attack against the person making a statement rather than the statement itself.

“to the man”: ad hominem (subclass): “poisoning the well”


“Dr. Smith’s data on the cell is biased! Nobody could possibly believe anything this guy says! I mean, he’s a Creationist!

Proponents of this fallacy attack the validity of a claim solely based on the beliefs or actions of the person or group making it. They can’t find fault with the argument so they sling mud at the source.


Next Week:

Fallacy of the Week – Affirming the Consequent

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