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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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 911 Total Answer Attempts   44%
 404 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 507 Incorrectly Un/Popped
posted by We Deserve Better     

Most Common Responses

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

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