Fallacy of Composition

Fallacy of Composition

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A fallacy of composition arises when one infers that something is true of the whole from the fact that it is true of some part of the whole (or even of every proper part). For example: "This fragment of metal cannot be broken with a hammer, therefore the machine of which it is a part cannot be broken with a hammer." This is clearly fallacious, because many machines can be broken into their constituent parts without any of those parts being breakable. This fallacy is often confused with the fallacy of hasty generalization, in which an unwarranted inference is made from a statement about a sample to a statement about the population from which it is drawn. The fallacy of composition is the converse of the fallacy of division.show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 168g
  • Fidel
  • Saarbrucken, Germany
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136773716
  • 9786136773711