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As a General Rule You Should Avoid the Fallacy of Nontruth

As a General Rule You Should Avoid the Fallacy of Nontruth

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This article asserts that as a general rule a person should avoid the fallacy of nontruth.
This article asserts that as a general rule a person should avoid the fallacy of nontruth.

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Published by: Anthony Fejfar on Oct 10, 2010
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As a General Rule, You Should Avoid the Fallacy of NontruthByAnthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif ©Copyright 2010 by Anthony J. Fejfar The Rules of Logic require that a person avoid a Logical Fallacy which is basedupon a Logical Contradiction. Now, based upon well accepted convention, and in order to promote the Good of Order, and to avoid Chaos, it is assumed that in a conversation or in a written communication, the person making the statement, orally or verbally, is tellingthe truth. Truth is defined as that which is in accordance with a probable judgment of fact, as to the existence of some idea or situation, typically confirmed by first hand senseexperience, internal experience, and well founded belief. A well founded belief is presentwhere a belief statement is made by a third party who you have judged to be a reliablesource of information, and where you judge, consistent with other well founded beliefs,sense experience, and internal experience, that the original belief statement is probablytrue. And, a probable judgment of fact is based upon experience, understanding(including logic), judgment and reflection.Given the foregoing, we can say that when a person makes a statement, we can saythat S is true. Now, if it turns out that the person is intentionally not telling the truthwith respect to S, then we can see that not S obtains. Therefore, it is logically apparentthat where a person intentionally does not tell the truth, then we have the followingsyllogism, S and not S, which of course constitutes a logical contradiction, as istherefore logically fallacious. Thus, we can conclude, logically, that it is logicallyfallacious and irrational to lie, unless, an equitable exception applies based upon wisdom,

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