Understanding Fallacies

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Causal Fallacy

Wrong Direction

The relation between cause and effect is reversed.

Example

  1. Cancer causes smoking.
  2. The increase in AIDS was caused by more sex education. (In fact, the increase in sex education was caused by the spread of AIDS.)

Proof

Give a causal argument showing that the relation between cause and effect has been reversed.

Reference

(Cedarblom and Paulsen: 238)

Reference Guide
Fallacy Summary

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

 

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