Fallacies of Relevance:

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Determine whether there are fallacies of relevance in the following passages. If there is a fallacy, identify the type of fallacy. If you do not find a fallacy, note that there is no fallacy. Explain your answers.

Determine whether there are fallacies of relevance in the following passages. If there is a fallacy, identify the type of fallacy. If you do not find a fallacy, note that there is no fallacy. Explain your answers.

Fallacies of Relevance:

Personal Attack

Attacking the Motive

Look Who’s Talking

Two Wrongs Make a Right

Scare Tactics

Appeal to Pity

Bandwagon Argument

Straw Man

Red Herring

Equivocation

Begging the Question

Determine whether there are fallacies of relevance in the following passages. If there is a fallacy, identify the type of fallacy. If you do not find a fallacy, note that there is no fallacy. Explain your answers.

1.  All of the popular kids at Jordan High drive SUV’s. If you want to be popular, this is what you should ask your parents to get for you.

There is fallacy: Appeal to popular opinion

2.  Senator Smith argued that violent pornography should be outlawed. Senator Smith obviously believes that there should be government censorship of books, magazines, movies, etc. No one should take such an extreme view seriously.

No fallacy: As the argument is not referenced to any occurrence or scenario.

3.  Representative Jones argued that there should not be limits to malpractice claims in this state. He says that when a patient is harmed, a large award is the only way to help the patient and the only way to put pressure on doctors to be more careful. But, Representative Smith’s former law firm specializes in malpractice cases, and he has close friends in that firm, so what would you expect him to say?

There is fallacy: Slippery slope

4.  I do not know any wait staff who report all of their tips to the IRS. I do not feel any obligation to report all of mine.

There is fallacy: Circular argument

5.  Our driving instructor, Mr. Peterson, says you should never drive without wearing a seatbelt. I saw him in his car at a stoplight, and he did not have his seatbelt on. Why should I listen to him?

There is Fallacy of Association

6.  I wish I could take my two dogs with me when I move, but the apartment I am moving into does not allow any pets. I hate to think about them in the animal shelter because I have heard they put down owner surrenders almost immediately due to lack of space. Would you consider adopting them?

No fallacy: The argument is not pointing blasphemy to any entity.

7.  John Smith should not be hired as a teacher’s aide. He is on the registered sex offender list.

There is fallacy: Attacking the person

8.  You need to buy our security system now. This neighborhood is not safe because the house behind yours was broken into last week.

There is Fallacy: Association fallacy.

9.  I have the right to say whatever I want because I can say anything I want to say.

There is fallacy: False Dilemma/Dichotomy.

Answers are in bold.

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