Ad hominem

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Definition of Ad hominem
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "To a man"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "Ad hominem" is phrase applied to an appeal or argument addressed to the personal considerations, principles, interests or passions of a man rather than to fact or reason. A legal representative might ignore the merits of an opponent’s argument and instead attack the personality or character. 

Ad hominem


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Lawyers or solicitors might use Latin legal terms such as "Ad hominem" in their consultations.

Ad hominem arguments - logical fallacy
"Ad hominem" is short for "argumentatum ad hominem", a logical fallacy in which one ignores the merits of an opponent’s argument and instead attacks the opponent’s character, relying on personal attacks rather than reason or substance.

Henry Johnstone Jr. an American philosopher and rhetorician and the editor of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric was famous for his re-evaluation of the ad hominem fallacy.

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Sentences & Quotes about "Ad hominem"
Legal terms like "Ad hominem" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes demonstrating how to use "Ad hominem" in a sentence.

"Attacking the person instead of the argument is condemned in logic, widespread in physics, and not used nearly enough in humanism."
Quote by Bauvard

"Intellect is the virtue of ignoring one’s emotions’ attempt to contaminate one’s opinions."
Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana


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