Personal Abuse

Personal Abuse

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Mandy Rice-Davies's famous testimony during the Profumo Affair, "Well, he would [say that], wouldn't he?," is an example of a valid circumstantial argument. Her point was that a man in a prominent position, accused of an affair with a callgirl, would deny the claim whether it was true or false. His denial, in itself, carries little evidential weight against the claim of an affair. Note, however, that this argument is valid only insofar as it devalues the denial; it does not bolster the original claim. To construe evidentiary invalidation of the denial as evidentiary validation of the original claim is fallacious (on several different bases, including that of argumentum ad hominem); however likely the man in question would be to deny an affair that did in fact happen, he could only be more likely to deny an affair that never happened.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 327g
  • Soph Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136265273
  • 9786136265278