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fallacy of equivocation

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


L ogic The simplest form of fallacy of ambiguity . An ambiguous word or statement is used more than once in the same argument, with the meaning shifting implicitly but significantly between uses. It therefore leads to a misleading or mistaken conclusion. For example, “Chinese is difficult. I am a Chinese, therefore I am difficult.” This fallacy is different from the fallacy of accent, for words differently accented are not strictly the same word. “In the simplest case of fallacies dependent on language the ambiguity can be traced to double-meaning in a single word. This is the Fallacy of Equivocation.” Hamblin, Fallacies ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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