Homework Assignment: Logical Fallacies

After today’s fun debate, I think we need some work on logical fallacies.

Logical Fallacies

Logical fallacies in debate undermine our credibility as speakers because the fallacies don’t accurately represent the truth.  They let the speaker slide into illogical or poor thought structures.  That’s why they’re such a problem for debaters.

Your homework assignment is this:

Here are 6 logical fallacies:

  • Slippery slope
  • Ad hominem
  • No True Scotsman
  • Strawman
  • Appeal to Emotion
  • Genetic

These strike me as the most commonly used fallacies in debate.

Your homework assignment:  define each of these and give me an example based on our new debate resolution:

The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.

Extra credit?  Glad you asked.

I’ll give you a point for every extra logical fallacy you can find and give me an example based on the resolution.

Use whatever source you like for the fallacies – there are literally dozens of them on the Internet.

EMAIL ME YOUR LIST by Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m.  This is the one time that I want the assignment in email!  Do not upload it to the Google drive.

Why? you ask?

You’ll find out.



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