Faulty Appeal to Authority

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Revmitchell, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Revmitchell

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    Not all appeals to authority are faulty appeals to authority. It is legitimate to consider the opinion of an expert on a particular topic. None of us has the time or the ability to verify each and every truth claim that has ever been made. We can and should rely upon the expertise of others at times. So, when does the appeal to authority become a fallacy? It seems there are three common ways in which this occurs:

    1. Appealing to an expert in an area that is not his area of expertise.

    2. Failure to consider the worldview of the expert and how this might affect his interpretation of the data.

    3. Treating a fallible expert as infallible.

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