Rationalissimus of the Elenchus


Reification involves treating ideas as if they were real. TV Tropes (which has a list of logical fallacies of its own - many of which are more bad arguments and less errors in reasoning) lists the fallacy as hypostatisation instead, giving this example (paraphrased using my lovely characters):

Walker: Eating ice cream feels good. Therefore, we should give ice cream to criminals, to make them good.

This seems more like equivocation than reification. 'Good' is used in two senses - good as in a 'good' sensation, and 'good' as in morally good. 

What do you think?

asked on Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 07:51:07 PM by Rationalissimus of the Elenchus

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equivocation works for me!

(And, if you like this response ... i.e., if you consider it a good answer ... can I have some ice cream?)

answered on Friday, Jun 11, 2021 12:07:46 PM by Arlo

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I would agree that this would fall under equivocation 

answered on Friday, Jun 11, 2021 07:55:18 AM by Bo Bennett, PhD

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