I didn’t know this had a name!


Bulverism is a logical fallacy in which, rather than proving that an argument is wrong, a person instead assumes it is wrong, and then goes on to explain why the other person held that argument.

That’ll come in handy.

4 thoughts on “I didn’t know this had a name!

  1. “You can only find out the rights and wrongs by reasoning-never by being rude about your opponent’s psychology. ”

    –CS Lewis, who invented the term “Bulverism”

    Hmmm. what would the abortion debate sound like without it?

  2. So arguments about being pro-life because “the Pope told you so” or “you want to control women” go beyond the simple “ad hominem” classification. Nifty to know this!

  3. To know that this phenomenon has been identified, criticized as unreasonable and rude, and named…kinda takes the sting out of it.

    And this relieves the pressure to counter, “Nope, the pope never told me nuthin, here’s my proof” and “nope, I don’t want to control women, here’s my proof”–which generally escalates into endless rounds of “nope, nope, nope, here’s my proof, proof, proof” because the evidence is found wanting, and wanting, and wanting, never can it be good enough, anything from the mouths of the evil antichoice.

    you could adopt fourteen special needs children and provide contraceptives to an entire country, and you’d still be found lacking….

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