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

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The arguments against ad hominem argument are probably the only legitimate use of ad hominem arguments.
Ad hominem arguments, which are the essence of this book, provide irrelevant and insufficient grounds for evaluating scientific theories.
Tribalism is a special case of ad hominem argument, and a particularly dangerous one.
In some instances, recipients challenge an ad hominem argument without committing a personal attack in response.
Attacking a person's character rather that the accuracy of his or her statements constitutes an ad hominem argument (argument to the man).
There are occasional moments when Heineman's work is clear, nuanced, and insightful, but they are surrounded by an impenetrable fog of tendentious innuendo, ad hominem argument, and guilt by association.
This kind of specious reasoning and ad hominem argument ignores both American history and basic Christian theology.
An ad hominem argument links a conclusion to a logically irrelevant personal quality.
Ad hominem arguments are not just a way of winning a dispute: a logically sound ad hominem argument does a service, even if an unwelcome one, to its victim--it shows him that his present position is untenable and must be modified.
569), and [sections] 4 of the paper provides an ad hominem argument against categoricity.
Other major stylistic problems include constant ad hominem argument and signals of disapproval for anyone who even leans to the left of political center.
Brown, a figure in the Common Sense School of Philosophy, advanced an ad hominem argument using Hume's practical confidence in inductive reasoning to ascribe to Hume a belief that such reasoning is able to generate truths.
Walton relies here on the notion of Gricean implicature and innuendo to explain how conversational maxims and contextual awareness draw audiences into a creative role where they complete the implied conclusion of an ad hominem argument.
Ad hominem argument is a staple of ideological argument.
I don't say that to be unkind or to make an ad hominem argument (which is not an argument at all), but merely to demonstrate how easy it is to draw conclusions about people from nonexistent data.