Is Flew’s No True Scotsman Fallacy a True Fallacy? A Contextual Analysis

  • Robert Ian AndersonEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10257)


In this paper, I discuss ways where context can help to explain why the No True Scotsman ‘Fallacy’ may not always be fallacious. I discuss different focus areas of context from speaker’s meaning, the syntactical position of the inserted term ‘true’, to dialectical contexts involving dialogues about classification and definition.


Persuasive definition Fallacy Falsification Context Antony Flew The No True Scotsman Fallacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Philosophy and TheologyUniversity of Notre Dame AustraliaSydneyAustralia

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