Fallacies – Fallacy of Composition

Assuming that something true of part of the whole must also be true of the whole.

Examples:

Ex. #1: “I know some lazy, narcissistic Millennials who act entitled. Therefore, all Millennials are lazy, narcissistic, and entitlement-oriented.”

fallacy of composition illustration

Ex. #2: “Some Evangelicals are conservative, white, and Republican. Therefore, ‘Evangelical’ means conservative, white, and Republican.”

Evangelical graph

Please note: Illustrations do not necessarily represent actual statistical proportions.


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