Sources & Resources
Listed here are quality general resources on logical fallacies, as well as sources of information used in The Fallacy Files. Specific sources and resources on individual fallacies will be found at the end of the particular file for each fallacy. If you know of any good resources which are not listed here but should be, or there is a broken link to a resource, please let me know.
By Walter Jerusalinsky. En espaņol.
By Dr. Michael C. Labossiere. Labossiere's work translated into Italian.
Funny articles about fallacies:
- Dave Barry, "How to Argue Effectively" (PDF)
Let me put it this way. In terms of arguments vis-a-vis winning, this article will tell you how to do so more often, on any topic qua topic, against any opponent, so to speak.
- Bill Garvin, "Guaranteed Effective All-Occasion Non-Slanderous Political Smear Speech", Mad Magazine 139, 12/1970.
- Voros McCracken, "Change the Subject, and Change Your Life"
How to argue about baseball; or, rather, how not to argue about baseball. Also useful for not arguing about other topics.
By Bradley Dowden. An article from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, written by one of the two editors of that reference work. Consists of a short introductory discussion of the scholarly controversies over fallacies, followed by a long list of named fallacies. There are 164 names of fallacies, though many of the fallacies have multiple names. I count 103 fallacies with substantive entries, though necessarily each entry is brief since the entire article is one long webpage! Unfortunately, the examples given are either short cooked-up ones, or the typical textbook chestnuts. If you can't find a fallacy listed in the Fallacy Files, this would be the most likely place to find a short but sound explanation of it on the web.
By Joe Miller, Annenberg Classroom Fact Check. A lesson plan on how emotive language and euphemisms are used to deceive.
Also by Joe Miller, Annenberg Classroom Fact Check. A good lesson plan on logical fallacies from the same people who fact check the politicians, with some interesting examples taken from advertisements.
By Gary Curtis. This course consists of ten short lessons delivered by email daily by a company called Highbrow. It's a very brief introduction to the fundamental concepts of logic needed to analyze and evaluate reasoning―and, I might add, to understand fallacies. It's a Premium course, which means it's not free, but you can try out Highbrow's Premium service for a month for free, and the course only takes ten days!
Mini-courses are short, online courses. The Clearer Thinking organization's Decision Academy offers free mini-courses on "Rhetorical Fallacies", "Probabilistic Fallacies", "The Planning Fallacy"―which I don't think is a logical fallacy―and "The Sunk Cost Fallacy"―which I'm often asked about―and some related ones on improving decision-making.
By Michael C. Labossiere
A short and spotty bibliography from PhilPapers, but it includes some papers and books not listed in the next one.
Compiled by Hans V. Hansen, and originally published in Fallacies: Classical and Contemporary Readings, edited by Hans V. Hansen and Robert C. Pinto (1995), pp. 339-348. Thorough bibliography through 1995 of the writings of philosophers and logicians.
Acknowledgments: Thanks to C. Leonhardt, Aislinn Pluta, Vance Ricks, Paul Sobolik, and Alfred Uhl.