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Jeff: "Vaccines saves tons of lives" Marie: "I have never seen lives saved by vaccines, so I don't believe it."
Relativist Fallacy
AKA The Subjectivist Fallacy

The Relativist Fallacy is committed when a person rejects a claim by asserting that the claim might be true for others but is not for him/her. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented.
  2. Person A asserts that X may be true for others but is not true for him/her.
  3. Therefore A is justified in rejecting X.
In this context, relativism is the view that truth is relative to Z (a person, time, culture, place, etc.). This is not the view that claims will be true at different times or of different people, but the view that a claim could be true for one person and false for another at the same time.

In many cases, when people say "that X is true for me" what they really mean is "I believe X" or "X is true about me." It is important to be quite clear about the distinction between being true about a person and being true for a person. A claim is true about a person if the claim is a statement that describes the person correctly. For example, "Bill has blue eyes" is true of Bill if Bill has blue eyes. To make a claim such as "X is true for Bill" is to say that the claim is true for Bill and that it need not be true for others. For example: "1+1=23 is true for Bill" would mean that, for Bill, 1+1 actually does equal 23, not that he merely believes that 1+1=23 (that would be "It is true of Bill that he believes 1+1=23"). Another example would be "The claim that the earth is flat is true for Bill" would mean that the earth really is flat for Bill (in other words, Bill would be in a different world than the rest of the human race). Since these situations (1+1 being 23 and the earth being flat for Bill) are extremely strange, it certainly seems that truth is not relative to individuals (although beliefs are).

As long as truth is objective (that is, not relative to individuals), then the Relativist Fallacy is a fallacy. If there are cases in which truth is actually relative, then such reasoning need not be fallacious.

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 540 Total Answer Attempts   41%
 219 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 321 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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