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a dicto simpliciter ad dictum secundum quid


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(Latin, from the statement unqualified to the statement qualified)

The (alleged) fallacy of arguing from a general to a particular case, without recognizing qualifying factors: ‘If people shouldn't park here, they shouldn't park here to help put out the fire.’ With forms of proposition other than generalizations, more evidently invalid arguments might bear this name: ‘If some snakes are harmless, then some snakes in this bag are harmless.’ Also known as the fallacy of the accident.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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