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Fallacious Arguments Name Subject Teacher Date Fallacious Arguments 1. “Lindsey and Malik were the happiest couple I knew, until after Lindsey decided to go to University instead of having a baby. So obviously it all went downhill because Lindsey abandoned the traditional female role.” Premise 1) Lindsey decided to go to university instead of having a baby.
This was also the time when Lindsey decided to go to university. The fallacy that the speaker commits here is the oversimplified cause fallacy. First, the speaker believes that since the relationship went downhill at the same time that Lindsey went to university, then the university thing must have been the reason behind the failure of the relationship. However, these may have only been a coincidence, and that nobody could really actually say that two events happening together in close succession would be both a cause and an effect. Second, the speaker falsely labels Lindsey’s decision to go to university as something that violates the traditional female role. Perhaps, the speaker equates female tradition with submission to the male gender or prioritizing one’s boyfriend instead of going to school. Either way, the meaning of “traditional female role” is vague. The fallacy is therefore committed as the speaker labels this decision of Lindsey’s to go to university as something that violates the traditional female role, and somehow hastily ascribing to this abandonment of the traditional female role as the cause of the failure of a relationship. 2. ...
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