Finding Fallacies Reflection Log

 Finding Fallacies Reflection Log


For this assignment, find and explain the use of one of the fallacies discussed in Chapter 3. You should find the fallacy in your daily life. Do not take an example from the textbook or internet. In at least a paragraph, name and describe the fallacy you found. Where did you see or hear it? How did it occur? In what context? What do you believe was the purpose behind its use?

You may find fallacies in your own thinking, in conversations with family and friends, in television and radio advertisements, political ads, political debates, and interviews with or announcements from politicians. Be sure to choose an example for this exercise that allows you to answer the questions above in order to write a complete paragraph.



To start thinking about doing ethics in a bit more detail, I believe you will enjoy viewing the following Ted Talk video from Michael D. Burroughs at Penn State University.

View the video here:

The Significance of Ethics and Ethics Education in Daily Life | Michael D. Burroughs | TEDxPSU

For this assignment, answer the following questions fully:

  • According to the video, what is an “everyday ethicist”? Do you believe you are an everyday ethicist? Why or why not?
  • Research discussed in the video shows that most middle and high schools “avoid, ignore, and pretend the issues will go away” when it comes to discussing ethical issues in the classroom. Was this your experience in middle school and/or high school? Explain your answer.
  • In your view, how important is a discussion of the everyday ethical issues we face in life? Should it be part of required college curriculum? Why or why not?

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