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"Politicians act in corrupt ways, so the only thing we can do about it is to abolish government completely."
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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 820 Total Answer Attempts   45%
 366 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 454 Incorrectly Un/Popped
posted by We Deserve Better     

Most Common Responses

 
366 - False Dilemma
57 - Hasty Generalization
40 - Biased Generalization
28 - Slippery Slope
25 - Poisoning the Well
20 - Fallacy of Composition
20 - Confusing Cause and Effect
20 - Guilt by Association
19 - Appeal to Spite
18 - Post Hoc
17 - Misleading Vividness
16 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
16 - Ignoring a Common Cause
15 - Relativist Fallacy
14 - Appeal to Ridicule
13 - Fallacy of Division
13 - Red Herring
13 - Burden of Proof
13 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
12 - Appeal to Fear
10 - Appeal to Belief
7 - Genetic Fallacy
7 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
5 - Begging the Question
5 - Appeal to Common Practice
4 - Gambler's Fallacy
4 - Special Pleading
3 - Ad Hominem
3 - Appeal to Emotion
3 - Appeal to Popularity
3 - Middle Ground
2 - Personal Attack
2 - Appeal to Novelty
2 - Appeal to Tradition
2 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Flattery

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