Joined: Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:35 pm Posts: 4757 Location: Cardiff, Wales
a rather interesting type of fallacy i've only recently encountered, which means that just because you've spotted a fallacy in someone else's reasoning, that doesn't mean the argument is totally without value
presumably something we should keep in mind in forum land
I actually saw this come up in the past 2 days at another site. The argument was that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) said that X or Y was constitutional or unconstitutional. Another poster suggested this was little more than an appeal to authority. In fact, no. SCOTUS is the final arbiter in the US about these things, so just because they are the authority doesn't mean the argument citing their decision is invalid.
Now, if someone were arguing that a law were morally right or wrong due to a SCOTUS decision, that would be something else entirely.
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