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Post Hoc

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Meaning of Post Hoc
The English meaning and translation of this Latin phrase is as follows:

 "After this"

Definition of Post Hoc
The meaning and definition of this famous Latin expression relates to the Latin phrase which is short for "Post hoc ergo propter hoc" meaning after this, therefore on account of this. The phrase represents the faulty logic of assuming that one thing was caused by another simply because it followed that prior event in time. A red herring.

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The Post Hoc Fallacy
In philosophy, a fallacy is a logical breach, or fault, in an argument. A fallacy is an argument which appears to be correct but contains at least one error and, as a consequence, produces a final conclusion or statement which is clearly wrong.

In terms of "Post hoc ergo propter hoc" means 'after this, therefore because of this. This is a type of belief that may be widespread in a community but still happens to be wrong.

The Post Hoc fallacy lies in coming to a conclusion based solely on the order of events, rather than taking into account other factors that might rule out the connection. The assumption is that "since that event followed this one, that event must have been caused by this one."

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Examples of Post Hoc
The study of fallacies began in ancient Greece and Rome, which explains why many fallacies still have Latin names such as
"Post hoc ergo propter hoc".

An example of the Post Hoc fallacy is that "After that woman came to our village a terrible plague killed many people". Another example of a Post Hoc fallacy is that "After I stoked my friends cat my skin came up in an awful rash". Another example might be "I bought some new software and after I loaded it my computer crashed."

A Post Hoc is a fallacy with the following form:

A occurs before B.
Therefore A is the cause of B.

 

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