CONTENT: This week we will teach you various strategies for refuting a fallacious argument.
To refute an argument is to show that the argument is unsuccessful.
Fallacious arguments should not be persuasive, but they too often are.
Fallacies may be created unintentionally, or they may be created intentionally in order to deceive other people.
CONTENT: In this week's material we will describes two phenomena that are both common and useful in the languages that human beings speak, but both of which give rise to the potential for fallacious reasoning.
A word or phrase is vague when its meaning is not precise, and it is ambiguous when it has more than one meaning.When we use vague or ambiguous phrases in our reasoning, it is very easy for us to make a number of different kinds of fallacies.This week will teach you what these different kinds of fallacies are, and give us some practice in spotting them, so you can make sure to avoid them in the future.The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world. The list of fallacies below contains 227 names of the most common fallacies, and it provides brief explanations and examples of each of them.It will also be provide enough time to take the final quiz as often as you want, with different questions each time.We explain the answers in each exam so that you can learn more and do better when you try the exam again.You may take the quiz as many times as you want in order to learn more and do better, with different questions each time.You will be able to retake the quiz three times every eight hours.You might not need to take more than one version of the exam if you do well enough on your first try. However many versions you take, we hope that all of the exams will provide additional learning experiences.Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge.