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decius's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by decius

Congratulations for this marvellous, razor-sharp dissection of the argument.

A minor quibble: the advertisement seems to me like a regular instance of 'fallacious enthymeme', or 'unstated major premise'. Although I admit that 'Great Beethoven Fallacy' may sound more appealing to the casual reader, I fail to see the need to amend the existing taxonomy of fallacies for each specific instance thereof.

Enthymemes become fallacious when a dubious or wrong unstated assumption is smuggled into a syllogism. In this case, there are at least two faulty assumptions built into the argument: unborn babies are persons, and Tim/Ludwig are the only possible offspring, as brilliantly pointed out by Richard. I might be wrong, but I see no substantial differences justifying its renaming over the case in point.

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 22:07:00 UTC | #438255