Straw Man

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Straw Man:

By Alexandria Cambell and Alea Miller Straw Man

What is Straw Man?:

What is Straw Man?

Description:

Description A Straw Man happens when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. Straw man reasoning is fallacious because, attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself.

Examples:

Examples A: It's not fair that when doing the same work and with the same qualifications, women are paid only $ .70 for every $1.00 that men are paid.Isn't it reasonable to expect that in equivalent jobs, with equivalent work experience and education, that your sex should have no impact on your salary? B: Of course not! Everyone knows that bosses go easier on women and what they do. Besides girls are physically smaller and weaker than men, so they need to be protected from the real world.

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Continued A: The NFL should follow the NCAA in banning the use of anabolic steroids among its players. Prolonged steroid use has proven to be harmful with such side-effects as liver dysfunction, cancer, heart ailments, and hormone imbalance. I hope that in the end the NFL will realize that the health of its athletes is the most important issue. B: A is nothing more than a purist who would have us go back to the days of leather helmets. Doesn't he realize that this is the '80's? Sports technology has given athletes a chance to develop themselves to their maximum potential. He would deny them this opportunity? An athlete owes it to himself to be the best he can be. If he wants to compete, he'll have to use steroids because every other athlete does.

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Sources http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html http://www.drury.edu/ess/Logic/Informal/Strawman.html http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_84.htm

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