The phrase ‘slippery slope’ is used all the time in public debate, but the argument behind it is a fallacy steven poole thu 2 apr 2015 1100 edt last modified on wed 29 nov 2017 0654 est. Introduction the ‘slippery slope’ is an intuitive metaphor that is used to refer to a class of arguments with a distinctive form, but varied content. A slippery slope argument is merely a claim that “a will lead to b” either as an inevitability, as an increased probability, or as a logical outcome slippery slope arguments are often misunderstood, and many people mistakenly think their use is always logically fallacious.
As shown by the example above, it is a substantial task to properly identify an argument in a given case as fitting the slippery slope scheme, because the scheme is so complex, with so many. In the netherlands we have a living laboratory in which the euthanasia experiment in being conducted, and it is claimed that active non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia are openly practiced there, exactly as predicted by the slippery slope argument. A slippery slope argument is a type of argument in which a first step is taken and a series of inextricable consequences follow, ultimately leading to a disastrous outcome many textbooks on informal logic and critical thinking treat the slippery slope argument as a fallacy walton argues that. A synonym of the slippery slope argument often used is the thin end of the wedge argument' and seems to me to better convey the irresistible force (as opposed to a lack of control) of logic which forms the thrust of the argument.
In a slippery slope argument, a course of action is rejected because, with little or no evidence, one insists that it will lead to a chain reaction resulting in an undesirable end or ends. When one argues against an idea or action, one form often used is called the slippery slope argument in a slippery slope argument, one takes a consequentialist view on the action in question, then extrapolates the further outcome sometimes based on evidence, sometimes not. Why slippery slope arguments should not stop us from removing confederate monuments by ilya defenders of keeping confederate monuments in place increasingly resort to slippery slope arguments. A slippery slope argument is not always a fallacy a slippery slope fallacy is an argument that says adopting one policy or taking one action will lead to a series of other policies or actions also being taken, without showing a causal connection between the advocated policy and the consequent policies.
Abstract whenever some form of beneficent killing--for example, voluntary euthanasia--is advocated, the proposal is greeted with a flood of slippery-slope arguments warning of the dangers of a nazi-style slide into genocide. A slippery slope argument where each step can be shown to be likely to happen is a valid argument if there is a single step that is shown to be unlikely, the argument won’t lead where it is supposed to. On slippery slopes published on: thursday, 17 july, 2014 it is in genetics and reproduction that the slippery slope argument gets used most relentlessly the latest science to suffer from the slippery-slope metaphor is mitochondrial replacement therapy (mrt), a substantially british innovation, which promises to cure human mitochondrial. This article applies tools from argumentation theory to slippery slope arguments used in current ethical debates on genetic engineering among the tools used are argumentation schemes, value-based argumentation, critical questions, and burden of proof it is argued that so-called drivers such as.
Slippery slope argument phil 103 19 april 2006 when one argues against an idea or action, one form often used is called the slippery slope argument in a slippery slope argument, one takes a consequentialist view on the action in question,. Physician-assisted suicide: the legal slippery slope robert m walker, md background: in oregon, physicians can prescribe lethal amounts of medication only if requested by competent, terminally ill patients however, the possibility of extending the practice to patients who lack decisional capacity. The slippery-slope argument against euthanasia revisited charles camosy 1 sep 2014 related story: voluntary euthanasia: it can only be a way station to the non-voluntary bernadette tobin 13 nov 2015. The slippery slope argument is used in discussing euthanasia and similar topics for example, people worry that if voluntary euthanasia were to be made legal, it would not be long before.
A slippery-slope argument (also known as a wedge argument) is an argument that contends that an action should not be performed because if the action were performed, it would lead (by a series of steps) to a negative, disastrous, or undesirable result. Slippery slope definition is - a course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences how to use slippery slope in a sentence a course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences. Euthanasia and the slippery slope critics of euthanasia sometimes claim that legalizing any form of the practice will lead to a slippery slope effect, the slippery slope argument has been present in the euthanasia debate since at least the 1930s. Slippery slopes do exist as such, an argument that a position is a slippery slope isn't necessarily a fallacyhowever, it is difficult to prove or disprove the potential for a complex chain reaction.