Ad Hominem

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Ad Hominem

[Latin, To the person.] A term used in debate to denote an argument made personally against an opponent, instead of against the opponent's argument.

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Piketty's second ad hominem is, surprisingly, against Yale University economist William Nordhaus.
Ad hominems used to be grade-school errors of logic dealt with by the counsel of philosopher-morns everywhere: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Prescinding from the ad hominems in Furton's letter, we note that the Allocution represents a shift in method: the determination of ordinary means of treatment is now determined by stipulation, categorization, or authoritative definition.