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REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM AND SLIPPERY SLOPE ARGUMENTS: TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN?

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Author(s): Candice Shelby

Journal: Annales Philosophici
ISSN 2067-3159

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 77;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: informal logic | reductio ad absurdum argument | slippery slope argument | Thomas Hobbes

ABSTRACT
Despite the fact that the reductio ad absurdum argument is a valid deductive form, while the slippery slope argument is most often presented as a fallacious form of inductive argument, the two argument types bear some striking similarities. Investigation of these similarities reveals some more universal difficulties in the teaching of informal logic, and, in particular the difference between strong informal arguments and fallacious ones
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