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Equivocation or Ambiguity




Philosopher Larry Powers published an interesting paper in 1995 arguing that there's only one logical fallacy which arises when terms are used to mean more than one thing.

IMHO, people almost always are arguing apples and oranges. The article is attached.

The One Fallacy Theory
Lawrence H. Powers
Informal Logic 17 (2) (1995)

"My One Fallacy theory says there is only one fallacy: equivocation, or playing on an ambiguity. In this paper I explain how this theory arose from metaphilosophical concerns. And I contrast this theory with purely logical, dialectical, and psychological notions of fallacy."



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Edits: 02/14/21

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