In all of this discussion of philosophy, it is very easy to get carried away with any idea that comes before you. This is tempting because people who have come up with these ideas have had the chance to dress up their concepts in a way that seems intuitive and appealing.
However, not all ideas are good ones. There are certain ideas that contain logical fallacies. This means that they do not adhere to the logical process and lead people astray with wayward thinking. This article is devoted to illuminating some logical fallacies that can exist within certain ideas. Knowing these fallacies and being able to spot them in everyday life will help better you as a thinker. Keep reading to find out more!
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
Yes, yes, we know. This long Latin name does definitely look intimidating. However, its meaning is rather straightforward. Post Hoc describes a fallacy in which one would assume that Event A is the cause of Event B just because Event A came before Event B.
Let us give you an example. Say that in the morning you decided to wear brown shoes instead of the black ones that you usually wear. Later that day, you are riding your bike and you end up getting hit by a car (we know, this is a bit morbid, but bear with us with this one. Let’s also say that you end up being totally fine). A Post Hoc fallacy would assume that since you wore your brown shoes, you got hit by a car.
Obviously, that would be ridiculous.