Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Publication Title

Informal Logic

Volume

35

Issue

3

First Page

273

Last Page

311

Keywords

vagueness, compressed slippery slope arguments, argumentation schemes, genetics, eugenics, ethical argumentation, critical questioning

Abstract

Although studies have yielded a detailed taxonomy of types of slippery slope arguments, they have failed to identify a basic argumentation scheme that applies to all. Therefore, there is no way of telling whether a given argument is a slippery slope argument or not. This paper solves the problem by providing a basic argumentation scheme. The scheme is shown to fit a clear and easily comprehensible example of a slippery slope argument that strongly appears to be reasonable, something that has also been lacking.

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