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Slippery slopearguments

Jefferson, Anneli ORCID: 2014. Slippery slopearguments. Philosophy Compass 9 (10) , 672--680. 10.1111/phc3.12161

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Slippery slope arguments are frequently dismissed as fallacious or weak arguments but are nevertheless commonly used in political and bioethical debates. This paper gives an overview of different variants of the argument commonly found in the literature and addresses their argumentative strength and the interrelations between them. The most common variant, the empirical slippery slope argument, predicts that if we do A, at some point the highly undesirable B will follow. I discuss both the question which factors affect likelihood of slippage and the relation between the strength of the prediction and the justificatory power of the argument.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Wiley: 24 months
ISSN: 1747-9991
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:53

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