Fallacies – Genetic Fallacy

Discrediting something because of the source.

Examples:

Anti Burns: “Audrey Hepburn said: ‘Water is life, and clean water means health.’ Audrey Hepburn was not a physician. Therefore, this health-related statement is invalid.”

Anti Pain: “Thomas Paine said: ‘It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.’ Because I disagree with Thomas Paine’s ideologies in general, this statement must be invalid.”

genetic fallacy illustration

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. – Seneca


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