ad hominem

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appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)

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At any rate, assuming that the child's argument in the smoking case has this component, it can be cl aissified as an instance of the circumstantial ad hominem type of argument.
A political example of the use of the circumstantial ad hominem argument is the following case.
The argumentation in this case fits the form of the circumstantial ad hominem argument, because it seems to imply that Gore's actions are inconsistent.
The circumstantial ad hominem argument is a subspecies of a more general form of argument called argument from commitment.
Randolph's use of the circumstantial ad hominem demonstrates that a charge of hypocrisy can be important when it shows that representatives cannot be trusted to maintain the principles they avow.
This argument could be analyzed as the "straw man" circumstantial ad hominem argument.
Considering the televised advertising examined earlier, all three ad hominem arguments developed came from the PCP: the "weathervane" logical ad hominem argument charging Jean Chretien's Liberal Party with inconsistency, the "straw man" circumstantial ad hominem argument pointing to the BQ's sovereignist position, and the "weather-vane" logical ad hominem argument underscoring the inconsistency in the BQ' proposal to promote independence while bettering the federal system.
This rule applies as much in the case of logical and circumstantial ad hominem arguments as it does for the personal ad hominem arguments.