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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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 1,028 Total Answer Attempts   68%
 701 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 327 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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