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.
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.