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Middle Ground
AKA Golden Mean Fallacy, Fallacy of Moderation

Category: Fallacies of Ambiguity

This fallacy is committed when it is assumed that the middle position between two extremes must be correct simply because it is the middle position. this sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Position A and B are two extreme positions.
  2. C is a position that rests in the middle between A and B.
  3. Therefore C is the correct position.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because it does not follow that a position is correct just because it lies in the middle of two extremes. This is shown by the following example. Suppose that a person is selling his computer. He wants to sell it for the current market value, which is $800 and someone offers him $1 for it. It would hardly follow that $400.50 is the proper price.

This fallacy draws its power from the fact that a moderate or middle position is often the correct one. For example, a moderate amount of exercise is better than too much exercise or too little exercise. However, this is not simply because it lies in the middle ground between two extremes. It is because too much exercise is harmful and too little exercise is all but useless. The basic idea behind many cases in which moderation is correct is that the extremes are typically "too much" and "not enough" and the middle position is "enough." In such cases the middle position is correct almost by definition.

It should be kept in mind that while uncritically assuming that the middle position must be correct because it is the middle position is poor reasoning it does not follow that accepting a middle position is always fallacious. As was just mentioned, many times a moderate position is correct. However, the claim that the moderate or middle position is correct must be supported by legitimate reasoning.

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19 - Middle Ground
5 - Hasty Generalization
5 - Fallacy of Composition
4 - Appeal to Belief
4 - Genetic Fallacy
4 - Misleading Vividness
4 - Appeal to Popularity
4 - Special Pleading
3 - Appeal to Spite
3 - Guilt by Association
3 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
3 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
2 - Biased Generalization
2 - Personal Attack
2 - Relativist Fallacy
2 - Confusing Cause and Effect
2 - Red Herring
2 - Appeal to Authority
2 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Poisoning the Well
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Tradition
1 - False Dilemma
1 - Begging the Question
1 - Appeal to Emotion
1 - Ignoring a Common Cause
1 - Post Hoc
1 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
1 - Peer Pressure
1 - Burden of Proof
1 - Appeal to Ridicule

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