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Burden of Proof
Ad Ignorantiam

AKA Appeal to Ignorance

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

Burden of Proof is a fallacy in which the burden of proof is placed on the wrong side. Another version occurs when a lack of evidence for side A is taken to be evidence for side B in cases in which the burden of proof actually rests on side B. A common name for this is an Appeal to Ignorance. This sort of reasoning typically has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented by side A and the burden of proof actually rests on side B.
  2. Side B claims that X is false because there is no proof for X.
In many situations, one side has the burden of proof resting on it. This side is obligated to provide evidence for its position. The claim of the other side, the one that does not bear the burden of proof, is assumed to be true unless proven otherwise. The difficulty in such cases is determining which side, if any, the burden of proof rests on. In many cases, settling this issue can be a matter of significant debate. In some cases the burden of proof is set by the situation. For example, in American law a person is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty (hence the burden of proof is on the prosecution). As another example, in debate the burden of proof is placed on the affirmative team. As a final example, in most cases the burden of proof rests on those who claim something exists (such as Bigfoot, psychic powers, universals, and sense data).

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 383 Total Answer Attempts   55%
 212 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 171 Incorrectly Un/Popped

Most Common Responses

 
212 - Burden of Proof
24 - Misleading Vividness
15 - Appeal to Ridicule
14 - Poisoning the Well
12 - Appeal to Belief
10 - Red Herring
9 - Begging the Question
9 - Appeal to Novelty
7 - Relativist Fallacy
7 - Fallacy of Composition
5 - Genetic Fallacy
5 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
4 - Special Pleading
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - False Dilemma
4 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Confusing Cause and Effect
3 - Appeal to Tradition
3 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
3 - Hasty Generalization
3 - Ad Hominem
3 - Post Hoc
2 - Biased Generalization
2 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
2 - Fallacy of Division
2 - Appeal to Emotion
2 - Appeal to Spite
2 - Gambler's Fallacy
1 - Slippery Slope
1 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Guilt by Association
1 - Appeal to Pity
1 - Personal Attack
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Middle Ground

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