A good argument that bad arguments are bad

David Botting


This paper discusses the claim that there is no theory of fallacy because there is no theory of invalidity, criticizes past attempts to deflate this result, and agues that nevertheless it is not a waste of time to show that some natural language argument has an invalid form. Although the argument "This has an invalid argument-form; therefore, this is invalid" is not itself a deductively valid argument, we do not need to conclude that it is not a good argument.

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Massey, asymmetry thesis, fallacy theory, invalidity, informal logic

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