Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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John: "Sally was saying that people shouldn't hunt animals or kill them for food or clothing. She also..."
Wanda: "Well, Sally is a sissy crybaby who loves animals way too much."
John: "So?"
Wanda: "That means she is wrong about that animal stuff. Also, if we weren't supposed to eat 'em, they wouldn't be made of meat."
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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 998 Total Answer Attempts   50%
 500 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 498 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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