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The Literary Fallacy (The Patten lectures)

Bernard Augustine De Voto

The Literary Fallacy (The Patten lectures)

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Published by Associated Faculty Pr Inc .
Written in English


The Physical Object
FormatHardcover
Number of Pages175
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7911055M
ISBN 10080460519X
ISBN 109780804605199

Jill: "We should clean out the closets. Slippery Slope This error happens when one contends that an exceptionally minor movement will unavoidably prompt great and frequently ludicrous conclusions. Wordsworth supported this use of personification based on emotion by claiming that "objects This is not fallacious; it's factually incorrect. Similar terms: oxymoron, juxtaposition Personification Personification uses human traits to describe non-human things. Personification, on the other hand, is a broader term.

It gives human attributes to abstract ideas, animate objects of nature, or inanimate non-natural objects. Two reasons come immediately to mind. All of these statements cause the listener to ask, "But how can you be so sure? Here we have a relative term, 'small,' that shifts meaning according to the context. Second, we may have presumed that our reader would know that the syllogism from 1 above is famous and also know in the context of our writing that Socrates is a dog and so this syllogism that is invalid yet has a true conclusion might have been intended to be funny.

Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley published a classic and controversial New Critical essay entitled " The Intentional Fallacy ", in which they argued strongly against the relevance of an author's intentionor "intended meaning" in the analysis of a literary work. This argument is circular because it goes right back to the beginning: Eighteen-year-olds have the right to vote because it's legal. Again, they vary in terms of what they do: some of them relate to word usage and description, while others relate to how scenes play out. It's legal for them to vote because they have the right to vote.


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The Literary Fallacy book

Learn by interacting with the educational and entertaining online course, Mastering Logical Fallacies. To learn more about first, second, and third person POV, check out our comprehensive guide on the subject.

For example: Eighteen-year-olds are mature, so they should have the right to vote. Straw Man in Politics "Straw man has always been the stock-in-trade of advertisers and political smear campaigns," illustrates authors Nancy Cavender and Howard Kahane in their book "Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric.

Example: Animal Farm by George Orwell. From the bird's viewpoint, Alice is a serpent because she has three characteristics that are necessary and sufficient to define a serpent. Check out this post for a helpful guide to motifs! Plausibility in The Literary Fallacy book case, belief, may require a logical leap.

Using such tactics can twist a positive into a negative or vice-versa—or at the very least cast doubt on an opponent's character. The straw man fallacy also goes by the name Aunt Sally, particularly in Great Britain.

Therefore, you will be like Hitler! But unlike personification, in which this is done through figurative description, anthropomorphism is literal: a sun with a smiling face, for example, or talking dogs in a cartoon.

This cognitive bias can be found in the logical fallacy, appeal to popularity. Some say the Earth Was feverous and did shake.

Another example of a pathetic fallacy is the expression, "Air hates to be crowded, and, when compressed, it will try to escape to an area of lower pressure.

You must obey the law, because it's illegal to break the law. If it were true that plane crashes kill more people than automobile accidents, the conclusion would be reasonable. Authors, after all, make things up for a living. At this point, because of the fantastic workings of Wonderland, Alice has grown so tall and her neck so long that her head pops up in the tree tops.

However, most people will still understand the truth about what's happening. However, what if there were simply no tax breaks voted on during his term? Studying a passage of prose or poetry in New Critical style required careful, exacting scrutiny of the passage itself.

Find more examples of oxymorons here. In short, the two-sentence argument conveys much more meaning of many different sorts than the first syllogism ever could.

Rabkin This page was last modified. Fish criticizes Wimsatt and Beardsley in his essay "Literature in the Reader" Sep 11,  · The straw man is a fallacy in which an opponent's argument is overstated or misrepresented in order to be more easily attacked or refuted.

The technique often takes quotes out of context or, more often, incorrectly paraphrases or summarizes an opponent's position. Nov 16,  · The Literary Fallacy (The Patten lectures) by Bernard Augustine De Voto, JuneAssociated Faculty Pr Inc edition, Hardcover in English.

Equivocation is a fallacy by which a specific word or phrase in an argument is used with more than one atlasbowling.com's also known as semantic equivocation.

Pathetic fallacy

Compare this with the related term of amphiboly, in which the ambiguity is in the grammatical construction of the sentence rather than just a single word or phrase.

Semantic equivocation can also be compared to polysemy, in which a single word. The Literary Fallacy [Bernard DeVoto] on atlasbowling.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying atlasbowling.com: Bernard DeVoto.

Fallacy definition is - a false or mistaken idea. How to use fallacy in a sentence. Did You Know? The Literary Fallacy book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers.4/5.