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Old 07-11-2010, 10:52 AM   #25
Scott A Martin
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Re: Glen Becks $9 online university 9 classes

Originally Posted by Dimitri Dziabenko View Post
Actually an ad hominem argument is not always false, since character, conduct, and that person's motives can be entirely relevant to the issue (especially when that person himself makes millions through ad hominem arguments...).

That said, this thread should be closed.
An ad hominem is never relevant to an argument. If a person is arguing with an appeal to their own authority, e.g. I assert that x happened and put forth my grand integrity as proof, then you may point out my long well known reputation for being a liar. However, that is only an attack on the source and not on the argument itself. It says maybe we shouldn't put so much faith in my claim. However, it does nothing whatsoever to disprove that x happened. See the Wikipedia entry for more info on this.

But I digress. What happened here isn't even an ad hominem. The OP didn't make an argument. He just posted an announcement about Beck and a bunch of people who dislike Beck saw this as an opportunity to unleash their vitriol toward him.