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

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Ad hominem arguments often elicit ad hominem attacks in response, like this: "Only according to you trashy traitor and rabid anti-Muslim fascist.
We condemned ad hominem arguments, but then had to ask ourselves: Could we honestly say we never rejected a proposal because we didn't want to be associated with the author because of ugly, loony, or murderous things he said or did?
Those who differ with us too often hear ad hominem arguments, not reasoned and evidentiary based arguments.
Conway's ingenious critical assaults often amount to sophisticated ad hominem arguments that mirror, in philosophically polished language, Nietzsche's own blunter ad hominem attacks on the ideas of others.
This section contains one of the many ad hominem arguments in their letter: "Anyone familiar with the style by which purpose statements are written would understand that" (p.
Neither does it justify a resort to ad hominem arguments.
The ad hominem arguments against Wesley--calling him a liar (76) whose recollections cannot be trusted (96) but are pretending and misleading (76, 77)--coupled with the author's disavowal of the scholarship of three of the foremost scholars of Wesley, namely, Frank Baker, Albert Outler, and Richard Heitzenrater (114), do little to strengthen the credibility of the conclusions.
ONE OF THE FIRST LESSONS A FIRST-YEAR philosophy student learns is that ad hominem arguments are, in intellectual debate, the refuge of the cowardly and the lazy.
There were heated objections to referencing jazz by writers who seemed not to realize that jazz was not only an art form but a style of black intellectual life, and even well-intentioned calls to substitute formalist analysis for overworked ad hominem arguments were based in Eurocentric assumptions.
Ad hominem arguments are generally dismissed on the grounds that they are not attempts to engage in rational discourse, but are rather aimed at undermining argument by diverting attention from claims made to assessments of character of persons making claims.
Despite his insightful understanding of Nietzsche's aesthetic conceptions, Young turns against him in anomalous ad hominem arguments that, in an odd way, reveal an ambivalence towards his subject.