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The Fallacy Fallacy

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

An explanation of a hilariously-named logical fallacy – and what to watch for as a debater.



Logical fallacies can be wonderful to spot in your opponents' arguments. But remember to explain why it is important that something is fallacious.

 

What is it?


The fallacy fallacy is when you assume that just because an argument is fallacious, its conclusion is untrue. Something can still be correct even if the logic used to get there is fallacious.


Here's an example of a fallacious argument: The ground is wet when it rains. The ground is wet, therefore it is raining.


The fallacy fallacy would be committed if we immediately assumed that the conclusion is false just because the logic is faulty. It is possible that it is raining, even though the argument itself does not prove it. Dismissing it simply on the grounds that the logic is fallacious is the fallacy fallacy.

 

How to avoid it

The best way to avoid committing the fallacy fallacy when pointing out yet another fallacy is to argue against the conclusion and premise themselves, not just illustrate a gap in your opponent's reasoning. Thoroughly explain any logical inconsistencies, but remember they do not substitute for attacks.

With that being said, what are some of the most common fallacies you hear, whether from politicians or just in day-to-day life? Share them in our poll below.



What are the most common fallacies you notice?

  • Non-sequitur

  • Appeal to emotion

  • Overgeneralization

  • The fallacy fallacy!


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