argumentum ad hominem


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

argumentum ad hominem

(ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntʊm æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm)
n
1. (Logic) fallacious argument that attacks not an opponent's beliefs but his motives or character
2. (Logic) argument that shows an opponent's statement to be inconsistent with his other beliefs
3. (Logic) an instance of either of these
[literally: argument to the person]
References in classic literature ?
The supposition is of course preposterous; and I might answer by the argumentum ad hominem, and ask what should be done if a perfect kangaroo were seen to come out of the womb of a bear?
But of course, those who oppose his candidature, who have been committing fallacies known in philosophy as argumentum ad hominem, leaving the merits of the argument for Gbaja as Speaker to attack personalities and other frivolities, will not let the world know that Gbaja beats their candidates on every way thinkable as a legislator.
He revealed that many politicians used the freedom of debate 'to resume influence peddling, the procurement of special concessions, privileges and exemptions.' He added: 'It [free debate] has allowed a willful abuse of free discussions and debate by allowing 'argumentum ad hominem' to take the place of legitimate discussion of issues.
It is called argumentum ad hominem. It is attack on the person of the opponent when reason fails.
Ad hominem, which stands for the Latin term argumentum ad hominem, is basically a response to an argument that attacks the person's character rather than the logic or content of the argument.
That he singles one of his axioms out as an argumentum ad hominem, which is not a fallacy but a manner of presenting an argument, has to be considered in terms of the public communication of his new ethic, which via his "heuristics of fear" favors the prophecy of doom over that of hope when it comes to potential biotechnological and environmental problems.
W uses an abusive variant of argumentum ad hominem to denigrate H's reliability in the matter of helping their son with homework and his role as a parent, in general.
Elsewhere, Evans displays a touchy defensiveness and frequently enough resorts to the argumentum ad hominem that many of the reviewers of the original edition found distasteful.
Full browser ?