Straw man

unruLEE sfram at citycom.com
Sun Dec 9 13:31:06 EST 2001


There is also the literal straw man (I don't know the context in which this
was encountered): clothes filled with straw to scare off the crows from the
corn, etc....famous for not working that well, i think.

Lee

>A straw man is a type of logical fallacy.  In rhetoric, It involves
>creating an irrelevant, or weak, opponent (the straw man) and then
>attacking him.  It only works if your opponent identifies with the straw
>man and accepts your criticism.  Once an argument is identified as using
>the straw man device, it usually evaporates.  Another similar device is
>the red herring, something used to divert attention from the real issue.
>Wish I  could think of some examples, but I haven't had a logic or
>rhetoric textbook in years.
>Hope that helps.
>Carla McAuley
>
>On Sun, 09 Dec 2001 20:18:09 -0500 Claude  Genest <genest at together.net>
>writes:
>> I don't know what a straw-mam is, can someone tell me please ?
>>
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