Ad hominem attacks inherently illogical

04/21/2014 8:04 AM

04/22/2014 6:22 PM

Re "Liberals' lack of logic clear" (Letters, April 21) Edward Thomas' letter criticizing another letter writer, by name, in his attempt to make his point is an example of the kind of ad hominem attacks we routinely see from conservatives. It is entirely unnecessary to his apparent argument to attack the author of an opposing viewpoint in such a personal manner, but Thomas' style is in keeping with a pattern: conservative criticism is routinely personal.

While it may seem self-evident, it's a point worth making: if you have to resort to personal attacks, either your arguments are not worth making. or you should let someone else make them. Ironically, his point that it's clear that liberals lack logic is completely undermined by his own failure to use logic to make his point.

-- Nancy Luque, Carmichael

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