Argument from authority
In informal reasoning, the appeal to authority is an argument of the form:
- A is an authority on a particular topic
- A says says something about that topic
- A is probably correct
Statistically, that may often be right. However, it might be wrong in a particular case. In that case, it would be a fallacy. Thus, the appeal to authority is not a generally reliable argument for establishing facts.
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- "Logical Fallacies". Stanford.edu. Fall 2008. http://www.stanford.edu/~jonahw/PWR1/LogicalFallacies.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- Salmon, M.H. (2006). Introduction to critical reasoning. Mason, OH: Thomson Wadsworth. pp. 118–9.
- Walton, Douglas 2008. Informal logic. London: Cambridge University Press, p84. ISBN 0-521-71380-3