Sep 30, 2011

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Fallacy of the Week – Denying the Antecedent

Denying the Antecedent _ a statement where the second premise denies the antecedent of the first premise and draws a conclusion that doesn’t support it.

Example:

If my car breaks down, I’ll be late for work. My car won’t break down. Therefore, I won’t be late for work.

This is fallacious because there are many reasons for being late to work. While the conclusion may be true, it does not follow from the premise.

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