|Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Accomplishment|
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Accomplishment
The logical fallacy of appeal to accomplishment occurs when someone uses his or her level of accomplishment as a premise rather than presenting a valid premise to support a conclusion. This premise is not true in support of a conclusion, but this premise may be true in support of a premise.
Examples: Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Accomplishment
Sandra tried to use her doctorate as a premise to support her conclusion, which is the fallacy of appeal to accomplishment. Roxy also mentioned her doctorate, but she didn’t use it as a premise. Perhaps she used it as proof that she knows the difference between Hebrew poetry and Hebrew historical narrative. If Sandra asked her to show proof, Roxy ought to be able to cite examples and compare them to Genesis 1 and 2.
Sandy tried to use his experience as a student of astronomy as an irrelevant appeal to accomplishment. Rocky stuck to the facts.
Sandy uses two variations on the logical fallacy of appeal to accomplishment in that he states that he should be believed because of the class he has taken and he also says that Roxanne’s evidence can’t be considered because Roxanne hasn’t had the same experience.
This example mentions one of many common fallacious attacks against the Bible. Nelson uses what he considers his trump card, a master’s degree in philosophy, thus introducing the logical fallacy of appeal to accomplishment. It is very common for an ungodly person to claim that they know the Bible better than Christians, since they have spent time learning skeptical fallacies about what is written in the Bible.
Note that when Bob mentioned that Nelson is trying to interpret the Bible by the natural mind rather than letting the Holy Spirit reveal it, he is not committing the logical fallacy of appeal to accomplishment. Bob is explaining how the Bible works. Had Bob said, “You aren’t qualified to understand the Bible since you haven’t completed training in Baptist theology,” he would have committed the fallacy of appeal to accomplishment. One is ad hominem against the person without accomplishment, and the other is explaining how a thing must be done and why it must be done that way.
Last updated: Aug, 2014
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