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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Jonas perhaps learned about the argumentum ad hominem from Spinoza.
If so, then his argumentum ad hominem could be understood as having the sole purpose of "confutation of the opponent, in pursuance of the rabbinic injunction 'to learn what answer to give to a disbeliever'.
Trudeau's allusion is an argumentum ad hominem that violates the pragma-dialectical Freedom Rule (van Eemeren & Grootendorst, 2004, pp.
c) Reformulating the presentational device so that the denounced move is rephrased in such a way that it is no longer fallacious--as is, for instance, the case when an abusive argumentum ad hominem is rephrased as a legitimate personal attack, or when an argumentum ad baculum is rephrased as a legitimate reference to the circumstances in which the discussion takes place.
Se incurre en el argumentum ad hominem cuando se tergiversa un argumento valido y se afirma que X es una proposicion falsa porque la persona que la afirmo tiene algun defecto atacable, en lugar de preocuparse de la veracidad de X.
Pero, ojo, no todo es falaz en el argumentum ad hominem, ya que muchas veces lo que hace o es un personaje si puede interferir con lo que dice; un ejemplo de esto es cuando Bill Clinton juro decir la verdad siempre, pero mintio sobre su relacion con Monica Lewinsky, lo cual contradecia sus declaraciones; y no se trata de su vida sexual ni de su capacidad para gobernar sino de su honestidad.
In the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation the argumentum ad hominem is seen as a fallacious discussion move that is made at the very beginning of a discussion, the confrontation stage.
Therefore, the credibility function of argumentum ad hominem is germane: The motivations of researchers are directly relevant to evaluations of their claims.
John Randolph of Roanoke and the argumentum ad hominem.

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