[discuss] [IANAtransition] Troll

Shatan, Gregory S. GShatan at ReedSmith.com
Thu Apr 17 02:40:55 UTC 2014

The entire selection from the Angeles book was clearly a quote, including the portion you excerpted below, which in turn was used (along with other quoted material) solely to demonstrate the variable and contradictory use of "ad hominem."

-----Original Message-----
From: Michel Gauthier [mailto:mg at telepresse.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:55 PM
To: Shatan, Gregory S.; Jay Daley; ianatransition at icann.org; discuss at 1net.org List
Subject: RE: [IANAtransition] Troll

At 03:17 17/04/2014, Shatan, Gregory S. wrote:
>I will close my participation in this thread by noting that Godwin's Law is:
>Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies [a.k.a the Sexton-Godwin Law]:
>As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison
>involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

>>>Contrast the following:
>>>A.  From Peter A. Angeles, Dictionary of Philosophy-- published by
>>>Barnes and Noble, copyright 1981.
>>>3. Fallacy of argumentum ad hominem (argument against the man) .
>>>The Latin means "argument to the man." (a) Arguing against, or
>>>rejecting a person's views by attacking or abusing his personality,
>>>character, motives, intentions, qualifications, etc.
>>>as opposed to providing evidence why the views are incorrect.
>>>Example: "What John said should not be believed because he was a Nazi

I did not follow on this in spite of being on the thread because I prefered to believe "John" was a typo.


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