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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Gee, Mom and Dad, how can you tell me not to do drugs when you both smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol?
Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
AKA "You Too Fallacy"

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

This fallacy is committed when it is concluded that a person's claim is false because 1) it is inconsistent with something else a person has said or 2) what a person says is inconsistent with her actions. This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B asserts that A's actions or past claims are inconsistent with the truth of claim X.
  3. Therefore X is false.
The fact that a person makes inconsistent claims does not make any particular claim he makes false (although of any pair of inconsistent claims only one can be true-but both can be false). Also, the fact that a person's claims are not consistent with his actions might indicate that the person is a hypocrite but this does not prove his claims are false.

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 1,422 Total Answer Attempts   54%
 773 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 649 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
773 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
52 - Appeal to Common Practice
39 - Guilt by Association
34 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
32 - Relativist Fallacy
31 - Special Pleading
30 - Begging the Question
29 - Personal Attack
26 - Appeal to Authority
23 - Appeal to Ridicule
22 - Red Herring
20 - Slippery Slope
20 - Genetic Fallacy
20 - Biased Generalization
19 - Confusing Cause and Effect
19 - Ad Hominem
16 - Appeal to Tradition
15 - Poisoning the Well
15 - Post Hoc
15 - Hasty Generalization
14 - Fallacy of Division
14 - Burden of Proof
14 - Appeal to Pity
14 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
13 - Ignoring a Common Cause
13 - False Dilemma
11 - Appeal to Belief
11 - Gambler's Fallacy
11 - Fallacy of Composition
11 - Appeal to Spite
9 - Appeal to Emotion
9 - Peer Pressure
7 - Middle Ground
7 - Misleading Vividness
5 - Appeal to Popularity
4 - Appeal to Flattery
3 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Appeal to Novelty

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