What's Wrong with Slippery Slope Arguments?

  title={What's Wrong with Slippery Slope Arguments?},
  author={Trudy Govier},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Philosophy},
  pages={303 - 316}
  • T. Govier
  • Published 1 June 1982
  • Philosophy
  • Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Slippery slope arguments are commonly thought to be fallacious. But is there a single fallacy which they all commit? A study of applied logic texts reveals competing diagnoses of the supposed error, and several recent authors take slippery slope arguments seriously. Clearly, there is room for comment. I shall give evidence of divergence on the question of what sort of argument constitutes a slippery slope, distinguish four different types of argument which have all been deemed to be slippery… 
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