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Rationalissimo

Spotting the difference between formal and informal fallacies

I know the theoretical difference between the two (error in logical form vs error in content/expression) but is there a hard-and-fast method for discerning between them?

 

asked on Saturday, Aug 01, 2020 02:38:33 PM by Rationalissimo

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Jason Mathias
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The composition of the contents is formal logic, the contents within the composition is informal logic. Kind of like a fine art painting, the composition is the placement of the contents within the painting. 

Formal will work with any argument, informal wont. Likewise, a good compositions will work with any subject matter in a painting. 

answered on Saturday, Aug 01, 2020 06:17:36 PM by Jason Mathias

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Bo Bennett, PhD
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I know of no such rule (not that one doesn't exist). There aren't that many deductive fallacies, so perhaps memorization is the best method.

answered 14 hours ago by Bo Bennett, PhD

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