Critical Thinking & Information Literacy
Across the Curriculum
Philosophy 115 Assignment 8:
Students are asked to find an example of an informal fallacy (any informal
fallacy discussed) in a newspaper, book, magazine – or even from the
Web or TV. Students should type out the bit of reasoning (or bring
in the passage from a paper or magazine). On a separate sheet of
paper, students should explain what fallacy they believe has been
committed and why.
The Instructor can then put together a “book” of extra practice
problems from the examples that students submit. The class can
then go through all of the examples (either in groups, individually,
or as a whole class). Students can try to identify the fallacies
they believe are being committed in each of the examples provided.
The student who submitted the example can later share their answer
with the class as a whole.