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False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 873 Total Answer Attempts   44%
 388 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 485 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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