We’ve created a series of pages to help you learn about the different fallacies used in arguments. This is to help improve the standard of discernment and argument.
A logical fallacy is an occurrence of bad or incorrect reasoning.
The Oxford Dictionary says a fallacy is, “A mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments… A failure in reasoning which renders an argument invalid… Faulty reasoning“. According to the Oxford Dictionary the word originated in “late 15th century (in the sense ‘deception, guile’; gradually superseding Middle English fallace): from Latin fallacia, from fallax, fallac- ‘deceiving’, from fallere ‘deceive'”.
(You can also find the word ‘modalism’ in the Oxford Dictionary.)
The Merriam-Webster (MW) says a fallacy is, “a wrong belief : a false or mistaken idea; … the quality of being false or wrong“. MW also says,
(You can also find the word ‘modalism’ in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.)
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