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Definition: Hamster-wheel Logic
January 17, 2012 • 2 comments • 1 973 views
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Hamster-wheel logic noun The use of a rapid series of circular arguments to argue a point. It is similar to a “Gish gallop”, a debating technique that involves drowning the opponent in a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments. Example: The creationist Kem Ham’s attempt to answer the question: “How do we know other […]

Definition: Ad Feminam
December 4, 2011 • no comments • 318 views
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ad fem·i·nam adj. Appealing to irrelevant personal considerations concerning women, especially prejudices against them. A term coined in 1963. Modelled on the much older ad hominem, it refers to attempts to defeat an argument rooted in sexist prejudice against women. The term is most frequently used in this sense in feminist philosophy, to note systemic […]