Friday, March 31, 2006

Argumentum Ad Verecundiam

In the process of finding a selection of J S Mill reading, came across this fallacy navigator, which in itself is an alluring expression, even if you can't be bothered to trawl through all the permutations!

In The Ethics of Identity Kwame Anthony Appiah:

My focus on Mill isn't by way of argumentum ad verecundiam; I don't suppose (nor did he) that his opinions represented the last word. But none before him-and, I am inclined to add, none since-charted out the terrain as clearly and as carefully as he did. We may cultivate a different garden, but we do so on soil that he fenced in and terraced.


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