Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Equivocation

Equivocation

The fallacy of equivocation uses misleading terms of more than one meaning without clarifying which definition is intended in the scenario.

Example of Equivocation

  • Philosophy students are taught how to argue, but shouldn't we teach them something more helpful? After all there are already a lot of arguments and conflicts in the world. The term argue/argument is being used with different meanings.
  • Claiming someone is unethical because they have bad worth ethics. The word unethical/ethics have two different meanings in this conflict.

This is a common fallacy.