Munzenmaier • Hamilton College • Urbandale, IA
Your final argument paper should be built on solid evidence and careful reasoning. If you say, "Everyone knows that cats make better pets than dogs," your argument won't be convincing. For one thing, it's a hasty generalization. What about dog owners or people who have no pets? For another, statistics on pet ownership contradict this statement. According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 36 percent of U.S. households owned cats in 2007. However, the percentage of households owning dogs was higher (39 percent).
How can knowing about logical fallacies help you?
Logical Fallacies Jigsaw organizer
Definitions of logical fallacies are available in The KU Handbook for Writers, pp. 63-65 or in "How to Support an Argument and Avoid Logical Fallacies," available from the Kaplan Writing Lab (follow link under your course Home).
Excellent sites on logical fallacies include
A good source of examples is
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