Joanna: Special Pleading Fallacy ~ The Double Standard Edit

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The logical fallacy of special pleading is committed when someone argues for a person or circumstance to be exempted from a rule or principle without adequate justification. This is also known as a double standard.

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Axioms do have exceptions in relevant cases; it becomes fallacious when a person says that something or someone is exempt from a principle on account of an irrelevant characteristic.

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  • Cutting in line is unfair, but I am in a rush.
  • What she did was wrong, but she shouldn't get in trouble because she's normally such a good kid.
  • I can't be sexist, I'm a woman!