Straw Man

In the straw man fallacy, an irrelevant argument is presented to divert attention from the original issue. This argument, generally distorted from the original, is then attacked and when defeated used as proof against the original.

Straw man fallacies generally follow the following pattern:

  • Topic A is under discussion.
  • Topic B is introduced under guise of being equivalent to Topic A.
  • Topic B is attacked as if it were A (generally by the same person who introduced it)

Students are encouraged to add examples of this type of fallacy.

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