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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An ad hominem attack reveals little about the recipient but much about the character of the author.
Ad hominem excuses for argument are rife on the Internet, where some writers seem stupid enough to deserve the insults and others are victims of undeserved personal attacks.
SCROLL TO THE comments section of just about any post and you'll encounter trolls--those unpleasant folks who reduce every discussion into a series of ad hominem attacks, obscene taunts, and Hitler analogies.
Following specialist training in the UK she was a lecturer in the Department of Medicine, University of Rhodesia, senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and since 1989 at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she was appointed Ad Hominem Professor.
As for Weiss's promise not to resort to the standard leftist approach of smears, ad hominem, and hearsay, you need only open the book to any page to find it a lie.
And finally, the ad hominem attack on Pogrebin is completely out of line.
But according to the letter, those of us who fail to recognize this self-evident truth about our dear leader do so not because of sober reflection on his ruinous policies, but because our eyes have been closed by "ideology and racism." Ad hominem attacks are the masks worn by hollow arguments.
Of course, their arguments usually turn out to be ad hominem nonsense with no data to confirm their assertions.
This case involved the among other things the discussion of the Validity of criminal legislation passed ad hominem and ex post facto, and the Competence of Parliament to pass laws which offend against fundamental principles of justice
These ad hominem (or in my case ad feminam) attacks mean little.