Slippery slope arguments imply opposition to change

@article{Haigh2016SlipperySA,
  title={Slippery slope arguments imply opposition to change},
  author={M. Haigh and Jeffrey S. Wood and A. Stewart},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
  year={2016},
  volume={44},
  pages={819-836}
}
Slippery slope arguments (SSAs) of the form if A, then C describe an initial proposal (A) and a predicted, undesirable consequence of this proposal (C) (e.g., “If cannabis is ever legalized, then eventually cocaine will be legalized, too”). Despite SSAs being a common rhetorical device, there has been surprisingly little empirical research into their subjective evaluation and perception. Here, we present evidence that SSAs are interpreted as a form of consequentialist argument, inviting… Expand
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