ignoratio elenchi


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ignoratio elenchi

(ˌɪɡnəˈreɪʃɪəʊ ɪˈlɛŋkaɪ)
n
1. (Logic) a purported refutation of a proposition that does not in fact prove it false but merely establishes a related but strictly irrelevant proposition
2. (Logic) the fallacy of arguing in this way
[Latin: an ignorance of proof, translating Greek elenchou agnoia]

ig•no•ra•ti•o e•len•chi

(ˌɪg nəˈreɪ ʃiˌoʊ ɪˈlɛŋ kaɪ, -ki)
n.
a fallacy in logic of offering proof irrelevant to the proposition in question.
[1580–90; < Latin ignōrātiō elenchī literally, ignorance of the refutation]
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Noun1.ignoratio elenchi - the logical fallacy of supposing that an argument proving an irrelevant point has proved the point at issue
logical fallacy - a fallacy in logical argumentation
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One may contemplate the fallacy of ignoratio elenchi in classical logic (see Walton 2008: 100 et passim), i.e.
As I see it, Boonin's argument is an ignoratio elenchi: It presupposes that the unwanted relinquishing of any wanted thing is a harm (or a "loss" in the sense of being a net loss), and presupposes that to show that someone has suffered a harm, all you have to do is show that he has lost what he wants.
En segundo lugar, los autores practican sistematicamente la ignoratio elenchi. Es decir, sustituyen una proposicion o doctrina por otra y vuelven a favor de la segunda de ellas los argumentos que se usaban a favor o en contra de la primera.