Category : EXAGGERATION

slipperyslope

SLIPPERY SLOPE

SLIPPERY SLOPE – Arguing that one thing must necessarily lead to another.  The slippery slope argument can be seen in debate over many issues. Consider arguments against the legalization of gay marriage or marijuana. For instance, “If we let homosexuals…

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strawman

STRAW MAN

STRAW MAN – Creating a false or exaggerated target to rebut instead of rebutting the original claim.  By “putting up the Straw Man” one is arguing against a misrepresentation of a claim that is easier to attack. It may be one…

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continuum

CONTINUUM

CONTINUUM – Ignoring any degree of difference between two extremes.  This is sometimes referred to as the “Argument of the Beard” or the “Balding Man.” After a man shaves, stubble starts to grow again. The hair continues growing until it becomes…

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