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patterns that obscure any logical argument… Though often used unintentionally, fallacies can be used purposefully to win arguments regardless of the merits.” 1

Examples of prominently used fallacies (especially by politicians) 2:

Name-calling, Personal Attacks (Ad Hominem)

“An ad hominem (Latin for “to the man" or “to the person"), short for argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it.” 3

Footnotes

1

Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_fallacies

2

Some material in this list came from the following sources: Ibid., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma

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Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_attack (emphasis added)

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Additional Resources

List of Fallacies (Wikipedia)

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