Is Flew’s No True Scotsman Fallacy a true fallacy? A contextual analysis
Anderson, R. (2017). Is Flew’s No True Scotsman Fallacy a true fallacy? A contextual analysis. CONTEXT 2017: International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modelling and Using Context.
In this paper, I discuss ways where context can help to explain why the No True Scotsman ‘Fallacy’ may not always be fallacious. I discuss different focus areas of context from speaker’s meaning, the syntactical position of the inserted term ‘true’, to dialectical contexts involving dialogues about classification and definition.
persuasive definition, fallacy, falsification, context, Antony Flew, “The No True Scotsman Fallacy”