Who Cares About the Fallacies?

  • John Woods
Part of the Applied Logic Series book series (APLS, volume 32)

Abstract

The main business of this chapter is to motivate the systematic study of fallacious reasoning and argument. In its most usual meaning, a fallacy is a common misconception; that is, a false statement that is widely believed. Examples of such statements are, “Handling frogs causes warts” , “You’ll catch a cold if you sit in a draft” , and at a more academic level “John Stuart Mill thought that every valid argument begs the question”. (Recall the Prologue!)

Keywords

Toxicity Smoke Posit Ghost Metaphor 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Woods
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Abductive Systems GroupUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceKing’s CollegeLondonEngland
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LethbridgeCanada

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