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That can't be right, you are a conspiracy theorist.
Circumstantial Ad Hominem
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

A Circumstantial ad Hominem is a fallacy in which one attempts to attack a claim by asserting that the person making the claim is making it simply out of self interest. In some cases, this fallacy involves substituting an attack on a person's circumstances (such as the person's religion, political affiliation, ethnic background, etc.). The fallacy has the following forms:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B asserts that A makes claim X because it is in A's interest to claim X.
  3. Therefore claim X is false.
  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B makes an attack on A's circumstances.
  3. Therefore X is false.
A Circumstantial ad Hominem is a fallacy because a person's interests and circumstances have no bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made. While a person's interests will provide them with motives to support certain claims, the claims stand or fall on their own. It is also the case that a person's circumstances (religion, political affiliation, etc.) do not affect the truth or falsity of the claim. This is made quite clear by the following example: "Bill claims that 1+1 =2. But he is a Republican, so his claim is false."

There are times when it is prudent to suspicious of a person's claims, such as when it is evident that the claims are being biased by the person's interests. For example, if a tobacco company representative claims that tobacco does not cause cancer, it would be prudent to not simply accept the claim. This is because the person has a motivation to make the claim, whether it is true or not. However, the mere fact that the person has a motivation to make the claim does not make it false. For example, suppose a parent tells her son that sticking a fork in a light socket would be dangerous. Simply because she has a motivation to say this obviously does not make her claim false.

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 1,460 Total Answer Attempts   48%
 696 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 764 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

696 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
126 - Personal Attack
108 - Ad Hominem
51 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
51 - Appeal to Ridicule
38 - Hasty Generalization
35 - Biased Generalization
30 - Guilt by Association
29 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
27 - Poisoning the Well
22 - Genetic Fallacy
19 - Post Hoc
19 - Appeal to Spite
17 - Appeal to Belief
16 - Relativist Fallacy
15 - Red Herring
14 - Appeal to Popularity
14 - Fallacy of Division
13 - Burden of Proof
11 - Begging the Question
11 - Appeal to Fear
11 - Appeal to Authority
11 - Confusing Cause and Effect
10 - Misleading Vividness
9 - False Dilemma
8 - Appeal to Tradition
7 - Peer Pressure
6 - Appeal to Emotion
6 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Common Practice
5 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Slippery Slope
4 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Appeal to Novelty
2 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Flattery
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1 - Middle Ground

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