Understanding Fallacies

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Fallacy Involving Statistical Syllogism

Converse Accident

An exception to a generalization is applied to cases where the generalization should apply.


  1. Because we allow terminally ill patients to use heroin, we should allow everyone to use heroin.
  2. Because you allowed Jill, who was hit by a truck, to hand in her assignment late, you should allow the entire class to hand in their assignments late.


Identify the generalization in question and show how the special case was an exception to the generalization.


Copi and Cohen: 100

Reference Guide
Fallacy Summary

The content of this Fallacy originated from Stephen Downes Guide to Logical Fallacies.


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