Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies
Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies ~ Amphiboly
Definition: The structure of a sentence allows two different interpretations
- Last night I shot a burglar in my pyjamas.,
- The Oracle of Delphi told Croseus that if he pursued the war he would destroy a mighty kingdom. (What the Oracle did not mention was that the kingdom he destroyed would be his own. Adapted from Herodotus, The Histories.),
- Save soap and waste paper.
An amphiboly occurs when the construction of a sentence allows it to have two different meanings.
Identify the ambiguous phrase and show the two possible interpretations. (Copi and Cohen: 114)
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