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"Evidence" is worthless in the real world.
Relativist Fallacy
AKA The Subjectivist Fallacy

The Relativist Fallacy is committed when a person rejects a claim by asserting that the claim might be true for others but is not for him/her. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented.
  2. Person A asserts that X may be true for others but is not true for him/her.
  3. Therefore A is justified in rejecting X.
In this context, relativism is the view that truth is relative to Z (a person, time, culture, place, etc.). This is not the view that claims will be true at different times or of different people, but the view that a claim could be true for one person and false for another at the same time.

In many cases, when people say "that X is true for me" what they really mean is "I believe X" or "X is true about me." It is important to be quite clear about the distinction between being true about a person and being true for a person. A claim is true about a person if the claim is a statement that describes the person correctly. For example, "Bill has blue eyes" is true of Bill if Bill has blue eyes. To make a claim such as "X is true for Bill" is to say that the claim is true for Bill and that it need not be true for others. For example: "1+1=23 is true for Bill" would mean that, for Bill, 1+1 actually does equal 23, not that he merely believes that 1+1=23 (that would be "It is true of Bill that he believes 1+1=23"). Another example would be "The claim that the earth is flat is true for Bill" would mean that the earth really is flat for Bill (in other words, Bill would be in a different world than the rest of the human race). Since these situations (1+1 being 23 and the earth being flat for Bill) are extremely strange, it certainly seems that truth is not relative to individuals (although beliefs are).

As long as truth is objective (that is, not relative to individuals), then the Relativist Fallacy is a fallacy. If there are cases in which truth is actually relative, then such reasoning need not be fallacious.

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 977 Total Answer Attempts   39%
 381 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 596 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

381 - Relativist Fallacy
39 - Biased Generalization
38 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
37 - Hasty Generalization
36 - Burden of Proof
35 - Begging the Question
33 - Appeal to Belief
28 - False Dilemma
27 - Poisoning the Well
25 - Fallacy of Composition
24 - Post Hoc
23 - Appeal to Ridicule
22 - Ignoring a Common Cause
21 - Misleading Vividness
18 - Red Herring
18 - Confusing Cause and Effect
17 - Appeal to Spite
16 - Special Pleading
13 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
13 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
12 - Appeal to Popularity
10 - Ad Hominem
10 - Genetic Fallacy
9 - Appeal to Pity
8 - Appeal to Authority
8 - Appeal to Common Practice
8 - Appeal to Emotion
8 - Slippery Slope
7 - Guilt by Association
7 - Appeal to Fear
7 - Appeal to Novelty
5 - Middle Ground
4 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Appeal to Tradition
2 - Fallacy of Division
2 - Appeal to Flattery
2 - Peer Pressure
1 - Personal Attack

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