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Re: OT fallacies

From: x <x_at_not-exists.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 09:57:32 +0300
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"Keith H Duggar" <duggar_at_alum.mit.edu> wrote in message news:1149329417.570950.135550_at_u72g2000cwu.googlegroups.com...

> The phrase "ad hominem" is and always has been short for
> "argumentum ad hominem". Now argumentum derives from the
> verb arguo meaning to show, to argue, to prove, to appeal
> (as to reason) and the noun suffix -mentum. Thus it can
> mean variously in English a showing, a proof, an appeal,
> an argument. Now ad is a simple preposition meaning to.
> Finally hominem is the accusative (required by ad) of the
> noun homo meaning human. Thus "argumentum ad hominem" is
> best translated to English in this context as "appeal to
> the human".

> In other words, trying to convince or persuade
> another *by appealing to their human nature*.

How else ? (rhetorical) Received on Mon Jun 05 2006 - 01:57:32 CDT

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