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Bill: "I believe that abortion is morally wrong."
Dave: "Of course you would say that, you're a priest."
Bill: "What about the arguments I gave to support my position?"
Dave: "Those don't count. Like I said, you're a priest, so you have to say that abortion is wrong. Further, you are just a lackey to the Pope, so I can't believe what you say."
Ad Hominem
AKA Ad Hominem Abusive, Personal Attack

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

Translated from Latin to English, "ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B makes an attack on person A.
  3. Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

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 968 Total Answer Attempts   51%
 490 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 478 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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490 - Ad Hominem
68 - Guilt by Association
38 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
38 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
34 - Personal Attack
29 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
27 - Biased Generalization
24 - Poisoning the Well
18 - Hasty Generalization
16 - Genetic Fallacy
15 - Red Herring
13 - Appeal to Tradition
13 - Appeal to Spite
12 - Appeal to Common Practice
12 - Fallacy of Division
12 - Relativist Fallacy
12 - Appeal to Belief
9 - Appeal to Authority
9 - Appeal to Ridicule
8 - Appeal to Popularity
8 - False Dilemma
8 - Fallacy of Composition
8 - Confusing Cause and Effect
7 - Post Hoc
6 - Burden of Proof
4 - Appeal to Flattery
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Begging the Question
4 - Special Pleading
3 - Appeal to Emotion
3 - Slippery Slope
3 - Misleading Vividness
2 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Pity

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Circumstantial Ad Hominem
I thought the answer was circumstantial ad hominem, because he happens to be a priest, his arguments are wrong.

10.20.15 20:43 by terabyter9000
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