ad hominem

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

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Piketty's second ad hominem is, surprisingly, against Yale University economist William Nordhaus.
Although both broad (including a wide range of deductive and inductive fallacies) and deep (including four subtypes of ad hominem, for example), its structure and prose make for an easy journey.
Ad hominems used to be grade-school errors of logic dealt with by the counsel of philosopher-morns everywhere: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Prescinding from the ad hominems in Furton's letter, we note that the Allocution represents a shift in method: the determination of ordinary means of treatment is now determined by stipulation, categorization, or authoritative definition.
Scrape away the bald ad hominems and the unpersuasive arguments, and there isn't much left.
Myron Lieberman's foaming ad hominems against us, against other researchers, and against the Kappan certainly do not merit a response.
As for ad hominems, Warraq remarks at the book's outset that following the Rushdie affair, the Muslim world needs to learn to live with such unfettered speech and asserts his "right to criticize everything and anything in Islam--even to blaspheme, to make errors, to satirize, and mock.
He did argue fallaciously, frequently presenting ad hominems, but Solomon and Higgins argue (disingenuously, I think) that "what Nietzsche does, to the horror of logicians and English composition teachers, is to call on us to rethink what we mean by 'logic' and what we condemn as 'fallacy.
Some in the mainstream press have also yielded to mean-spirited urgings and abusive ad hominems.