They’re Logically Fallacious! Ad Hominem

Riley Sproul Ideas, Logical Fallacies 1 Comment

This week it’s all about the Ad Hominem’s, let’s jump right in:


Ad Hominem

(poisoning the well)

An informal fallacy, but one that should raise substantial suspicion into the reason one would commit such a fallacy.

Example: 1) David claims X. 2) David is a poop-head. 3) Therefore, X is wrong.

Real World Example:

Person 1) My opponent suggests that lowering taxes will be a good idea — this is coming from a woman who eats a pint of Ben and Jerry’s each night!

Indicator: Look for insults, any defamation of character could be an Ad Hominem attack. The exception is when such defamation is relevant to the claim being made.



Next week: Moving the Goal Posts

Last week: Strawman Fallacy

All weeks: Or at least all so far

Riley Sproul has a Bachelors in Biology, with a concentration in PreMed, and a Chemistry Minor, from the University of Toledo. His goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Neurobiology with in the next 4-5 years. His interests include sci-fi, PC-gaming, playing guitar, and a variety of other hobbies.
They’re Logically Fallacious! Ad Hominem was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by Riley Sproul