FALLACY OF THE DAY: “FAULTY AUTHORITY” (ethos)
Can someone with a Ph.D. in history really give you good medical advice? Is a TV star or pro-athlete a good person to ask about the best computer software, insurance, or automobile to buy? The fallacy of faulty authority is when we use someone whose name is familiar or whose credentials might seem relevant to validate an opinion beyond their expertise. This fallacy appears in two forms in academic research: when a researcher claims that “studies show” something without providing citations; when a researcher makes passing, unsubstantive references to great scholars like Habermas and Foucault without actually using their ideas.
FOR TUESDAY 5/21: SELIGMAN Et al.
WRITING CHALLENGE 005: PRESTON p. 533-538
- They say/ I say
- Post to your blog
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