People love to argue on the internet and especially love a game of oneupmanship.
One particular phrase uttered by cocky know-it-alls is “ad hominem” or, in full, “argumentum ad hominem”. It’s a logical fallacy whereby someone tries to undermine a person’s argument by attacking them rather than addressing the argument made. But those on the losing side tend to throw it around when they’ve been backed into a corner and think they’ve won “something” and ad hominem is being used incorrectly pretty much every time.
That’s where writer Stephen Bond comes in with his brilliantly written article on the fallacy’s fallacy. Once you’ve read it, you’ll see just how difficult it is to call “ad hominem” and in fact, there’s not much point because you’re arguing on the internet.
Follow the link and read The Ad Hominem Fallacy Fallacy here.
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