Is This A Five Minute Argument, Or The Full Half Hour?

At the Software Development Best Practices conference yesterday, I went to a session on Human-Centered Risk Management.  It was totally fascinating!  One topic that was discussed was Rhetorical fallacies.

Rhetorical fallacies, or fallacies of argument, don’t allow for the open, two-way exchange of ideas upon which meaningful conversations depend.  Instead, they distract the reader with various appeals instead of using sound reasoning. They can be divided into three categories:

  • Emotional fallacies unfairly appeal to the audience’s emotions.
  • Ethical fallacies unreasonably advance the writer’s own authority or character (personal attack).
  • Logical fallacies depend upon faulty logic.

Here’s a pretty good article on the subject.


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