PHI 103 Considering the fallacies discussed in Chapter Four

PHI 103 Considering the fallacies discussed in Chapter Four

PHI 103 Considering the fallacies discussed in Chapter Four

Considering the fallacies discussed in Chapter Four of An Introduction to Logic, construct three different arguments that display distinct fallacies. Give an explanation of why each makes a mistake in drawing the conclusion it does. Review your classmates’ examples and see if they, in fact, commit the fallacy identified.


One rich source of fallacies is the media: television, radio, magazines, and the Internet (including, of course, commercials.) Identify two distinct fallacies you see committed in the media. Do you think it is more likely that you will not be fooled by these fallacies having studied logic? What do you think those presenting these arguments assume about the logical skills of their viewers? Is this a good or bad assumption for them to make

1.         Question :        “China uses too much oil. So they shouldn’t develop their industry” may commit which fallacy?

2.         Question :        “Julie started carrying a rabbit’s foot, then she won the lottery. The rabbit’s foot must have caused her to win the lottery” commits a(n)

3.         Question :        A person who is shown his or her argument commits a fallacy should

4.         Question :        A fallacy is an argument that

5.         Question :        “If that wasn’t illegal, then it wouldn’t be against the law” may commit which fallacy?

6.         Question :        “My husband snores. All men must snore” commits which of these fallacies.

7.         Question :        After being told that she is being punished for lying, a child responds by telling her mother that she also lied. This response may involve which fallacy?

8.         Question :        “You should read this book. Everybody likes it so it must be good” may commit which fallacy?

9.         Question :        “I bought a pair of shoes from that store that immediately fell apart. Their shoes are no good” may commit which fallacy?

10.          Question :           “The Senator wants to cut spending on police. I guess she doesn’t care if we all get murdered” may commit which fallacy?