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Re: OT fallacies

From: Robert Martin <unclebob_at_objectmentor.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 11:50:27 -0400
Message-ID: <2006062011502744303-unclebob@objectmentorcom>


On 2006-06-12 09:36:28 -0400, "x" <x_at_not-exists.org> said:

> 
> "Robert Martin" <unclebob_at_objectmentor.com> wrote in message
> news:2006061118475122503-unclebob_at_objectmentorcom...
>> On 2006-06-05 08:57:32 +0200, "x" <x_at_not-exists.org> said:
>> 
>>> 
>>> "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)
> 
>> Reason?  (not rhetorical)
> 
> Isn't persuading by reason an "appeal to their human nature" ?

No. Persuading by reason is to construct a logical argument that is difficult or impossible to logically refute.

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