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Category Archives: Argument from Inconsistency
At a recent conference on Tolerance, Vatican representative Bishop Mario Toso makes the following obviously problematic assertion: Intolerance in the name of “tolerance” must be named for what it is and publically condemned. To deny religiously informed moral argument a place in … Continue reading
Fig.1: Conservativism Here is a post for those who think that pointing out the inconsistency between a party’s name and its alleged position on an issue constitutes a decisive refutation of their view. That “conservatives” fail to “conserve” or “preserve” … Continue reading
I don't see the relation between "unarmed black teenager is shot under puzzling and racially charged circumstances" and "black people shoot each other all of the time," but apparently it's become quite a thing. George Will has even jumped on … Continue reading
The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates have both passed a law requiring women to undergo ultrasounds before getting an abortion. Such procedures are unnecessary, critics argue, because they (1) serve no medical purpose; and (2) people getting an abortion already know … Continue reading
I get a kick out of image macros and the memes generated therefrom. To me, some of theme are like instances of argument schemes for the generation of kids who don't want to read Boethius's De topicis differentiis. Know your meme even … Continue reading
Joseph Ianfranco and Byron Babione's recent post at the American Spectator, "Atheists Attack 9/11 Cross," deserves some comment, as it instantiates a troubling bit of doublethink when it comes to defending state-sponsored religious symbolism. On the one hand, there is … Continue reading