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    Debating tactics and how to respond

    Hi. I need help with certain debating tactics.

    1. Person A owes person B money. Person B asks A, "are you going to pay me back the money you owe me? if yes, when?" Person A says, " i will pay you back...eventually". What is person A's tactic called?

    2. Someone argues that mr. Joe smith is man. Mr. Joe Smith might rape women. Therefore, Mr. Joe Smith ought to have his freedoms curtailed. What is this tactic called and how to respond to this?
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    Re: Debating tactics and how to respond

    See Logical fallacies



    For a list of types of formal and informal fallacy, as well as examples of fallacious arguments, see Fallacy. For a concise list of "appeal to" fallacies, see Appeal (disambiguation).

    Your 2 are "but The Horse might sing". in the first case I think. It's a old AESOP'S tale.

    and I'm not touching the second one. but it might be one of the above.

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    Re: Debating tactics and how to respond

    1 I would call "indefinite stalling" or maybe "kicking the can down the road". Look them both up.

    2 sounds like "guilty until proven innocent." Also "Appeal to probability" on Bob's list above is right on the money. To quote wiki:

    A fallacious appeal to possibility:
    Something can go wrong (premise).Therefore, something will go wrong (invalid conclusion).
    How to counter it? Well, point out the fallacy, and, if gender is part of their argument, maybe go with a discrimination claim?

    Remember two things: that clarity is key, so be sure to define the terms you use. And, none of us are really free in the current system (oh, but that is another topic!).

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    Re: Debating tactics and how to respond

    Quote Originally Posted by stillman View Post
    1 I would call "indefinite stalling" or maybe "kicking the can down the road". Look them both up.

    2 sounds like "guilty until proven innocent." Also "Appeal to probability" on Bob's list above is right on the money. To quote wiki:

    A fallacious appeal to possibility:
    Something can go wrong (premise).Therefore, something will go wrong (invalid conclusion).
    How to counter it? Well, point out the fallacy, and, if gender is part of their argument, maybe go with a discrimination claim?

    Remember two things: that clarity is key, so be sure to define the terms you use. And, none of us are really free in the current system (oh, but that is another topic!).
    also kind of looks like Affirming the consequent

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