Searching for the Roots of the Circumstantial Ad Hominem

  title={Searching for the Roots of the Circumstantial Ad Hominem},
  author={Douglas Walton},
  • D. Walton
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • Philosophy
  • Argumentation
This paper looks into the known evidence on the origins of the type of argument called the circumstantial ad hominemargument in modern logic textbooks, and introduces some new evidence. This new evidence comes primarily from recent historical work by Jaap Mansfeld and Jonathan Barnes citing many cases where philosophers in the ancient world were attacked on the grounds that their personal actions failed to be consistent with their philosophical teachings. On the total body of evidence, two… 

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