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Logical Fallacies / Kettle Logic

Kettle Logic

Kettle logic is the use of several inconsistent arguments to defend a position.

Example of Kettle Logic

  • Someone accused of having sex in a public place might respond with an argument that they were not having sex in a public place, since the restroom was in a park, in a secluded location and the stall blocked them from public view.
  • Someone caught speeding argues that: I was not speeding.I didn't see the speed limit signThere was no speed limit posted.

Note

The term Kettle Logic was first used by Sigmund Freud. He explained it as part of a story about a man accused of having damaged a kettle. The man gave three defenses:

  • I returned the kettle undamaged.
  • The kettle was already damaged when I borrowed it.
  • I never borrowed the kettle.

Each of the defenses by the man could be potentially valid, but all of them consider together make the defense questionable.