Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Retrospective Determinism

Retrospective Determinism

The fallacy of retrospective determinism argues that because something happened, it was inevitable.

Example of Retrospective Determinism

  • When Hitler decided to invade Russia, it was game over for the Nazis. This was because there was no way German troupes could survive the Russian winter, or cope with the vastness of the country.
  • It should have been obvious that Alexander the Great could not conquer all of Asia. It is impossible to make that journey and not fall ill.