Patriot1208 wrote: zonto wrote:
Patriot1208 wrote:I'm not necessarily saying he is wrong, just that the reasoning is a little shallow coming form an 0L. Again, no need to get defensive, and I appreciate the efforts. I just think it would hold a little more weight with specificity from someone who has been through the process.
This is exactly the type of ad hominem argument that can get you into trouble.
The truth is that the statistics regarding the student debt problem in our country are disturbing and the general population doesn't understand the dangers of debt or their own feelings of generational entitlement. I forgot though, statistics only apply to other
people, not to you or the readers of this thread.
Ad hominem - not sure this means what.you think it means. And if it does, you grossly misused it.
And statistics regarding debt problem? Wut? Have you even read what I have posted? This is probably the derpeist post i've ever read. It's like you imagined a post that doesn't exist.
An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:
1. Person A makes claim X.
2. Person B makes an attack on person A.
3. Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an Ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made). linky
The statistics statement wasn't directed at a post you made. It was directed at you and the other readers of this thread and forum that may not understand the magnitude of the debt they talk about incurring. No hard feelings, nor was I insulting you. Just wanted to clear up that just because someone is a 0L doesn't mean their advice about law school shouldn't hold the same weight as someone saying the same thing that is in law school.