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    SubjectUnderstanding the Principles of Argumentation #3
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    This is the third in my "Understanding the Principles of Argumentation"
    series. Rusty has obligingly provided us with a fine example of an "ad
    hominem attack":

    On Monday 16 September 2002 04:17, Rusty Russell wrote:
    > > Don't forget that the Unix way has traditionally been to use the
    > > simplest interface that will do the job; if you propose a fat
    > > interface you need to prove that the thin one cannot do the job.
    >
    > Gee, really? You're so clever!
    >
    > You patronising little shit,

    An ad hominem attack is a logical fallacy where the arguer attacks the
    person, rather than the issue:

    http://home.mcn.net/~montanabw/fallacies.html

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    Daniel
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