argumentum ad hominem

argumentum ad hominem (i.e., argument to the person).  This is the argument that attacks the person or some characteristic of the person making the argument, rather than the argument itself.

For example, someone saying, “your pro vaccination views are obviously biased because you work for the CDC,” is an ad hominem implying the person making the pro vaccination claim is impartial.

Rather, the evidence that actually informed the person’s views on vaccination may have been gained entirely by their trust in their child’s pediatrician as well as public health success stories such as the eradication of Polio; irrespective of that persons employer.


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