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Human beings are made of atoms, and human beings are conscious, so atoms must be conscious.
Fallacy of Division
Category: Fallacies of Ambiguity

The fallacy of Division is committed when a person infers that what is true of a whole must also be true of its constituents and justification for that inference is not provided. There are two main variants of the general fallacy of Division:

The first type of fallacy of Division is committed when 1) a person reasons that what is true of the whole must also be true of the parts and 2) the person fails to justify that inference with the required degree of evidence. More formally, the "reasoning" follows this sort of pattern:

  1. The whole, X, has properties A, B, C, etc.
  2. Therefore the parts of X have properties A,B,C, etc.
That this line of reasoning is fallacious is made clear by the following case: 4 is an even number. 1 and 3 are parts of 4. Therefore 1 and 3 are even.

It should be noted that it is not always fallacious to draw a conclusion about the parts of a whole based on the properties of the whole. As long as adequate evidence is provided in the argument, the reasoning can be acceptable. For example, the human body is made out of matter and it is reasonable to infer from this that the parts that make up the human body are also made out of matter. This is because there is no reason to believe that the body is made up of nonā€material parts that somehow form matter when they get together.

The second version of the fallacy of division is committed when a person 1) draws a conclusion about the properties of individual members of a class or group based on the collective properties of the class or group and 2) there is not enough justification for the conclusion. More formally, the line of "reasoning" is as follows:

  1. As a collective, group or class X has properties A,B,C, etc.
  2. Therefore the individual members of group or class X have properties A,B,C, etc.
That this sort of reasoning is fallacious can be easily shown by the following: It is true that athletes, taken as a group, are football players, track runners, swimmers, tennis players, long jumpers, pole vaulters and such. But it would be fallacious to infer that each individual athlete is a football player, a track runner, a swimmer, a tennis player, a swimmer, etc.

It should be noted that it is not always fallacious to draw a conclusion about an individual based on what is true of the class he/she/it belongs to. If the inference is backed by evidence, then the reasoning can be fine. For example, it is not fallacious to infer that Bill the Siamese cat is a mammal from the fact that all cats are mammals. In this case, what is true of the class is also true of each individual member.

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719 - Fallacy of Division
86 - Fallacy of Composition
73 - Hasty Generalization
52 - Genetic Fallacy
46 - Confusing Cause and Effect
43 - Biased Generalization
40 - Relativist Fallacy
40 - Post Hoc
31 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
26 - Begging the Question
26 - Slippery Slope
25 - Burden of Proof
23 - Guilt by Association
23 - False Dilemma
20 - Misleading Vividness
18 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
16 - Appeal to Belief
16 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
14 - Ignoring a Common Cause
14 - Red Herring
12 - Appeal to Common Practice
11 - Ad Hominem
9 - Appeal to Ridicule
8 - Special Pleading
7 - Gambler's Fallacy
6 - Appeal to Tradition
5 - Poisoning the Well
5 - Middle Ground
4 - Appeal to Authority
3 - Peer Pressure
3 - Appeal to Novelty
2 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Appeal to Spite
2 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Personal Attack

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