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Dr. X, who is the chair of the sociology dept, claims she

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Dr. X, who is the chair of the sociology dept, claims she saw a flying saucer. But since she is a sociologist instead of a physicist, she cannot possibly be acquianted with the most recent writings of our finest scientists that tend to discount such sightings, so we can conclude her report is unreliable.

Which of the following would be the most appropriate critisism of the author's analysis?

A. The author makes irrelevant attack on Dr.X's credentials
B. The author may not be a physicist and therefore may not be familiar with the writings cited
C. Even US Air Force cannot explain sightings of UFOs which were reported last year
D. A sociologist is sufficiently well educated to read and understand scientific language in a field other than her own
E. Incorrect

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08 Jun 2004, 05:58
This looks like a typical "ad hominem" agrument in which a person makes a claim and their opponent attacks the character/circumstances/actions of the person making the claim. This attack is then taken to be evidence against the person in question.

In light of the above A is the answer.
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08 Jun 2004, 06:01
This looks like a typical "ad hominem" agrument in which a person makes a claim and their opponent attacks the character/circumstances/actions of the person making the claim. This attack is then taken to be evidence against the person in question.

In light of the above A is the answer.

P.S. Turned out I was not logged in when posting.
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08 Jun 2004, 07:39
A it is. Unwarranted personal attack to discredit one's claim
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08 Jun 2004, 07:52
You folks are fast.
(A) should be it.
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09 Jun 2004, 15:02
this is one of the rare questions where choice A is right
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09 Jun 2004, 17:54
Can anybody pls explain what do u guys mean by "ad hominem" quetion ...any more example of this type to make the concept clear..
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09 Jun 2004, 17:58
Ad hominem: marked by an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made
This is the definition by Webster dictionary. Obviously, this is latin.
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09 Jun 2004, 22:18
baruna wrote:
Can anybody pls explain what do u guys mean by "ad hominem" quetion ...any more example of this type to make the concept clear..
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baruna

In addition to Paul's definition: the phrase literally means "against the man" or "against the person."
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10 Jun 2004, 00:16
I think the answer is D.

But since she is a sociologist instead of a physicist, she cannot possibly be acquianted with the most recent writings of our finest scientists

The part in blue, I think will support my answer
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10 Jun 2004, 00:26
OA is A
I had picked D as well

Thanks guys for the explanations
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