Subjectivist Fallacies

The cardinal virtue in reasoning is objectivity -- a commitment to thinking in accordance with the facts and interpreting them logically, without bias or prejudice. The fallacies we examine in this section involve the rejection of objectivity in one way or another.

We examine four fallacies:


Comprehension Questions

1 Identify the fallacy committed by the following argument.

That is the best movie ever. Why? Because I really liked it.

a) subjectivism
b) appeal to majority
c) appeal to emotion
d) appeal to force
2 Identify the fallacy committed by the following argument.

This is the right way to do it because I am the boss.

a) subjectivism
b) appeal to majority
c) appeal to emotion
d) appeal to force
3 Identify the fallacy committed by the following argument.

One million computer users can't be wrong.

a) subjectivism
b) appeal to majority
c) appeal to emotion
d) appeal to force
4 Identify the fallacy committed by the following argument.

It is easy to see that abortion using the new abortion pill is wrong. What could be more horrible that munching donuts while you flush the remains of your fetus down the toilet?

a) subjectivism
b) appeal to majority
c) appeal to emotion
d) appeal to force


Fallacies Involving Credibility

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