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Illiterate uses of the phrase "ad hominem"
Author Carrol Cox
Date 07/06/23/22:07
Hit Count 792

PERSONAL ATTACKS ARE not ad hominem arguments. Ad hominem arguments are
a logical fallacy. To illustrate:

John believes X. X is wholly false. Anyone who believes it is an
asshole. John is an asshole. This is a personal attack but it is NOT an
ad hominem argument.

John is an asshole. John believes X. Therefore X is false.

That is an ad hominem argument. And it is fallacious. Anyone who uses
such an argument is a stupid asshole.

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