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Don’t listen to Eddie's arguments on education, he's an idiot.
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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 1,390 Total Answer Attempts   68%
 941 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 449 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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941 - Ad Hominem
114 - Personal Attack
41 - Poisoning the Well
36 - Appeal to Ridicule
23 - Appeal to Spite
22 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
22 - Biased Generalization
16 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
15 - Peer Pressure
12 - Misleading Vividness
12 - Hasty Generalization
11 - Guilt by Association
11 - Appeal to Popularity
9 - Fallacy of Division
9 - Fallacy of Composition
8 - Genetic Fallacy
8 - False Dilemma
7 - Appeal to Emotion
6 - Ignoring a Common Cause
6 - Red Herring
5 - Confusing Cause and Effect
5 - Begging the Question
5 - Burden of Proof
5 - Appeal to Flattery
5 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
4 - Relativist Fallacy
4 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Appeal to Novelty
4 - Post Hoc
4 - Appeal to Belief
3 - Appeal to Fear
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Tradition
2 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Common Practice
2 - Middle Ground
2 - Slippery Slope

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