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Re: Attack the man

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 27, 2007

In Reply to: Attack the man posted by Jack Marley on June 27, 2007

: Who is the author of the phrase, 'Attack the man not the idea'?

It hasn't really got an author as such; it's simply a free translation of the Latin name, "argumentum ad hominem", for the logical fallacy (or dishonesty) of opposing a proposition by attacking the proposer rather than his/her argument. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem (VSD)