False Dilemma

By Ciara and Jess

Definition: A false dilemma is a type of logical fallacy that claims that an event or situation fits into an ‘either/or’ category when in reality there is at least one more additional option. False dilemma is often used to force a choice/outcome.

Examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dln3DJEcghY In the TV show according to Jim, the daughter uses the ‘false dilemma’ fallacy to present to the father that either she should be trusted to do the right thing or he’s a bad father

“Roger opposed an atheist argument against Christianity, so he must be a Christian” Roger might be an atheist who disagrees with the logic of some particular argument against Christianity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgLrMHm32j4 George W Bush uses false dilemma in a speech, telling the public that they are siding “with us or with the terrorists”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSLeb9sxxu8 Obama uses false dilemma to present to the public an option “either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share of taxes or we ask seniors to pay more for medicare.”

In the debate:

“Atwood chose to use the genre of speculative fiction so therefore she must believe that the ideas within the text are going to happen.” Dismissing the fact that Atwood could be using the genre as a warning as to what COULD happen and any other number of reasons of why Atwood chose this genre.

 

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