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  •  You don't understand "appeal to authority" (0+ / 0-)

    The criticism of "appeal to authority" applies when the person being cited has authority in a field different from the one in question -- such as, "Tiger Woods endorses the Republican approach to economic policy," or "I'm not a doctor, but I play on on tv."

    When the person is an actual authority in the relevant field, one doesn't make the criticism that it's a wrongful appeal to authority.

    •  You are incorrect (2+ / 0-)
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      MKSinSA, The Raven

      It is  you who do not understand it.  What you cited is an appeal to a fallacious authority, which is a sub=-genre.

      •  The Museum of Creationism vs. Stephen Gould (0+ / 0-)

        Neither can be referred to as a more authoritative source  on evolution.

        Right.  No difference.


      •  argumentum ad verecundiam (0+ / 0-)

        But in the second case I believe the accepted English term is fallacious appeal to authority, the point being it is the reasoning that is fallacious not necessarily the authority quoted, typically being a statistical syllogism that jumps from the basis of an accepted general rule to a specific conclusion that does not logically follow.

        It brings to mind the Einstein quote: "To punish my disrespect for authority, God has made me one."

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 05:52:52 AM PST

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    •  Strange (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Swig Mcjigger, denise b

      Because usually the appeal to authority is within the field, as in when we cite economissts on their technical analyses on subjects we do not have training in.

      The key of course is that the authority is intended to trump.

      •  I referring to a common internet rhetoric putdown (0+ / 0-)

        that the commenter, Dr Swig Mcjigger, tried to use.

        There is in rhetoric, a criticism of certain arguments as "appeals to authority."  As he himself pointed out, that criticism is actually an appeal to fallacious authority -- as in, Tiger Woods says Colgate toothpaste makes your teeth stronger.

        For reasons that are beyond me, people like Dr Swig Mcjigger confuse this with, as you point out, legitimate appeals to actual authority, as in Paul Krugman says the payroll tax is stimulative, or Michiu Kaku says that the Higgs particle experiments are very important.

        It has become a common internet put down and distraction -- to criticize any citation to any authority as wrong because it is an "appeal to authority."

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