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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The editors provide ad hominen political rants of their own--inappropriate in a Reader.
This stresses that methodological progress comes from celebrating critical commentary and open learning, and avoiding the ad hominen and ad institutionem.
Poor editing, sloppy transliteration, and ad hominen attacks on certain authors from the "enemy" camp, especially Watt, add to the chagrin of the reader.