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Caldwell Hall is in bad shape. Either we tear it down and put up a new building, or we continue to risk students' safety. Obviously we shouldn't risk anyone's safety, so we must tear the building down.
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 1,362 Total Answer Attempts   66%
 905 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 457 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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905 - False Dilemma
67 - Appeal to Fear
33 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
30 - Confusing Cause and Effect
26 - Appeal to Emotion
22 - Slippery Slope
20 - Hasty Generalization
17 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
15 - Poisoning the Well
14 - Misleading Vividness
14 - Fallacy of Composition
14 - Red Herring
14 - Begging the Question
13 - Post Hoc
12 - Special Pleading
11 - Appeal to Belief
11 - Burden of Proof
10 - Appeal to Common Practice
10 - Fallacy of Division
10 - Ignoring a Common Cause
9 - Biased Generalization
8 - Peer Pressure
8 - Relativist Fallacy
8 - Guilt by Association
8 - Appeal to Spite
7 - Middle Ground
7 - Gambler's Fallacy
7 - Appeal to Pity
6 - Appeal to Ridicule
5 - Personal Attack
4 - Appeal to Authority
3 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
3 - Ad Hominem
3 - Genetic Fallacy
3 - Appeal to Novelty
2 - Appeal to Tradition
2 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Appeal to Flattery

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