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Ročník 104

2021

 

 
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KÁČER, M.: On admissible use of the ad hominem argument.

Právny obzor, 99, 2016, č. 6, s. 455 – 465.

Abstract. On admissible use of the ad hominem argument. In this article I deal with the admissibility of ad hominem argumentation. Firstly, I present logical and pragmatic reasons why ad hominem argumentation is considered to be fallacious. Secondly, I propose that in some instances the use of ad hominem arguments is justifiable. I ground this claim on the observation that people in their everyday reasoning practice usually distinguish between right and wrong use of these arguments. Subsequently I proceed to analyse briefly what factors have impact on the admissibility of ad hominem. Finally, I apply the results of my analysis to the problem of objecting the judicial bias. My main conclusion is that if we want to analyse ad hominem argumentation thoroughly we need to separate its description from its evaluation and consequently when delimiting this argument we should avoid mentioning that it is necessary fallacious.

Key words: argument ad hominem, argument ex concessis, recusal, legal logic, theory of truth, typology of dialogues

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