Attacking the Person|
(argumentum ad hominem)
- ad hominem (abusive): instead of attacking an assertion,
the argument attacks the person who made the assertion.
- ad hominem (circumstantial): instead of attacking an
assertion the author points to the relationship between the
person making the assertion and the person's circumstances.
- ad hominem (tu quoque): this form of attack on the
person notes that a person does not practise what he
- You may argue that God doesn't exist, but you are just
following a fad. (ad hominem abusive)
- We should discount what Premier Klein says about
taxation because he won't be hurt by the increase. (ad
- We should disregard Share B.C.'s argument because they
are being funded by the logging industry. (ad hominem
- You say I shouldn't drink, but you haven't been sober for
more than a year. (ad hominem tu quoque)
Identify the attack and show that the character or
circumstances of the person has nothing to do with the truth
or falsity of the proposition being defended.
Barker: 166, Cedarblom and Paulsen: 155, Copi and Cohen: 97, Davis: 80
26 May 1995 / 06 January 1996