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Ad Hominem
AKA Ad Hominem Abusive, Personal Attack

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

Translated from Latin to English, "ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B makes an attack on person A.
  3. Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

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 4 Correctly Popped Fallacies
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6 - Red Herring
4 - Ad Hominem
2 - Misleading Vividness
1 - Personal Attack
1 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Guilt by Association
1 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Emotion
1 - Genetic Fallacy
1 - Burden of Proof
1 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
1 - Appeal to Ridicule
1 - Special Pleading

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