Author Topic: Could we discuss what fallacies are?  (Read 765 times)

Offline Andreas Geisler

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Could we discuss what fallacies are?
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:55 PM »
For instance, I only see deduction as a set of heuristics. And fallacies are then merely bad heuristics, ways of thought we know to have terrible track records.

Offline Alain Van Hout

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Re: Could we discuss what fallacies are?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2015, 05:26 PM »
As I see it, causality is of the most basic principles/rules/heuristics in deduction, and fallacies are patterns of argumentation that typically reduce to a violation of that principle, meaning that they imply that they are following causality but upon closer inspection in fact make use of a broken chain of causality (of the top of my head I can't think of a type of fallacy for which this doesn't apply).

As such, I don't see fallacies as heuristics proper, but as violations of a basic heuristic.