Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Capital punishment may seem harsh, but if a person has killed somebody else, it is only fair to kill them.
Two Wrongs Make a Right

Two Wrongs Make a Right is a fallacy in which a person "justifies" an action against a person by asserting that the person would do the same thing to him/her, when the action is not necessary to prevent B from doing X to A. This fallacy has the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. It is claimed that person B would do X to person A.
  2. It is acceptable for person A to do X to person B (when A's doing X to B is not necessary to prevent B from doing X to A).
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because an action that is wrong is wrong even if another person would also do it.

It should be noted that it can be the case that it is not wrong for A to do X to B if X is done to prevent B from doing X to A or if X is done in justified retribution. For example, if Sally is running in the park and Biff tries to attack her, Sally would be justified in attacking Biff to defend herself. As another example, if country A is planning to invade country B in order to enslave the people, then country B would be justified in launching a preemptive strike to prevent the invasion.

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 1,211 Total Answer Attempts   87%
 1,056 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 155 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

1,056 - Two Wrongs Make a Right
11 - Slippery Slope
10 - Appeal to Belief
10 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
9 - False Dilemma
8 - Relativist Fallacy
8 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
7 - Appeal to Emotion
6 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Common Practice
5 - Confusing Cause and Effect
5 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Begging the Question
4 - Genetic Fallacy
4 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Middle Ground
4 - Fallacy of Division
4 - Misleading Vividness
3 - Appeal to Tradition
3 - Biased Generalization
3 - Post Hoc
3 - Appeal to Ridicule
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Personal Attack
3 - Hasty Generalization
3 - Poisoning the Well
3 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Guilt by Association
2 - Red Herring
2 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Peer Pressure
1 - Ad Hominem
1 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Popularity

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