Category Archives: Argumentation

Discussion Concerning the Anti-Gay-Marriage Argument from Tradition

Clifton 
The cosmos is about 13.8 billion years old.
The human is about 200,000 years old.
The first recorded marriage involving a human occurred about 2,674 years ago.

Marriage contracts were first recorded in the Late Period (661-332 BC), and continued until the first century AD. They were often drawn up by the husband to establish the rights of both parties to maintenance and possessions. The law did not require a marriage to be recorded.

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Appeal to Tradition

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The argument supports a position by appealing to long-standing or traditional opinion, as if the past itself were a kind of authority.

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Marie  I suppose you don’t consider Adam and Eve to’ve been married?
Mark  Did you snope this already? j/k
Joseph  Whoa whoa whoa … I thought everything was only 6,000 years old. Check your facts, heathen.
Clifton  Marie, this hadn’t actually occurred to me. From what I can gather, the thinking behind such a position is that Eve was "wed" to Adam because she was taken from a part of his body and then added back to him to complete him. If that is what it takes, then I would imagine that no marriage since has been valid. No?

Mark, I didn’t. As always, I am open to contradiction. I claim no expertise. Incidentally, Snopes generally does an excellent job of avoiding the argument from authority, which seems to me to be one of the human’s most abused fallacies.

Joseph, I’m glad you responded. I always wonder why my irreligious friends get married. Perhaps you can explain it to me. From my perspective, if you want to be with somebody, you will do that. Fidelity shouldn’t be a problem because you both agree to certain terms prior to formally entering into your relationship. Continue reading Discussion Concerning the Anti-Gay-Marriage Argument from Tradition

Fallacies

  • A Fallacy Recognition Exercise by James F. Klumpp

    Click on the appropriate name for the fallacy illustrated in the example….

    “According to the latest opinion poll, illegal activity fills the boardrooms of America. Fifty-five percent of those interviewed believe that laws have been violated.”

    Name Calling | Glittering Generalities | Guilt by Association | Begging the Question | False Dilemma | Plain Folks Appeal | Ad Populum | Ad Hominem | Post Hoc Ergo Prompter Hoc | Red Herring | Composition | Division | Appeal to Inertia | Ad Misericordiam | Appeal to Ignorance | Straw Target |