Proving too much

An ar­gu­ment “proves too much” when you can just as eas­ily or nat­u­rally ex­tend it to prove false things as true things. For ex­am­ple, the ar­gu­ment “No­body should en­gage in ge­netic en­g­ineer­ing be­cause Nazis” can just as eas­ily be ex­tended to say “No­body should eat veg­eta­bles be­cause Hitler ate veg­eta­bles”, so the gen­eral rule proves too much.

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  • Fallacies

    To call some­thing a fal­lacy is to as­sert that you think peo­ple shouldn’t think like that.