Re: META: Let's be clear about the ad hominem rule

From: Joe Dees (
Date: Wed Dec 12 2001 - 15:54:29 MST

('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) > "John Clark" <> <> Re: META: Let's be clear about the ad hominem ruleDate: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 00:42:30 -0500
>As I understand it an ad hominem is more than just name calling, it is an appeal to
>personal considerations rather than to logic or reason; thus calling a person a
>jackass is an ad hominem, but calling said person a jackass and then marshaling
>logical arguments showing the individual in question really is a member of the
>species Equus Asinus would not be. This doesn't appear to be the intent of the list,
>it's be polite no matter what, thus I recommend striking "ad hominem" from list rules
>and substituting the more accurate if pedestrian sounding phrase "name calling".
> John K Clark
William F. Buckley once said that although ad hominem is a fallacy, that it is the fallacy that bites, because one's background and perspective do indeed color one's positions and arguments.

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