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A particularly frequent subvariety of argument from authority is the, for lack of a better description, "even sophists find his arguments fallacious" scheme. The thought is that even people likely to make bad arguments have special authority when they point out a bad argument. I … Continue reading
The Pontifical North American College, or whoever is responsible for instructing America's Catholic Priestly class, must offer a course in Godwinism: everyone with whom you have even a minor disagreement is a Nazi. This is a move repugnant even to the most … Continue reading
The other week the New York Times ran a fawningly long profile of a "big thinking" ultra-conservative Catholic intellectual. It stressed his powerful Oxford credentials, his Big University Post (at a non-Catholic institution–take that elite liberal institutions!), his influence over Catholic leadership, his … Continue reading