03 ‘Clarity’ Fallacy

FallacySUMMARY OF FALLACIES

This below list of informal fallacies is from “The Art of Argument, An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies” by Aaron Larsen, Joelle Hodge and Christopher Perrin. We encourage you to buy this book and learn how to spot fallacies in sermons and online articles and discussions. The book itself contains 28 popular fallacies broken up into three categories: Relevance, Presumption and Clarity. In this article we will focus on the ‘Fallacies of Clarity’:

“Arguments that fail because they contain words, phrases or syntax that distort or cloud their meaning.”

Here is a summary of the ‘Fallacies of Clarity’:

FALLACIES OF CLARITY Arguments that fail because they contain words, phrases or syntax that distort or cloud their meanings.
26. Equivocation Arguments that fail because a key term is ambiguous.
27. Accent Arguments that rest on an improper emphasis placed on certain words or phrases.
28. Distinction Without a Difference Argument that make a linguistic distinction between two things that are actually not different from each other.

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