[extropy-chat] Appeal to Authority
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 16 23:26:48 UTC 2006
On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:30:57 -0500, "Hal Finney" <hal at finney.org> wrote:
> Another problem with appeal to authority is relatively obvious: how do
> you know you've got a good authority?
Of course that is the problem. That some expert Y said "X is true" without
a supporting argument is never sufficient reason to accept X as true, at
least not without qualification. Y could be the world's foremost expert
and still be wrong.
True logical arguments appeal not to the opinions of other humans, but to
the Rational Authority, a philosophical concept.
But what about these appeals to the Rational Authority? Perhaps they too
are fallacious! This goes to something Lee Corbin wrote in another thread.
As Lee put it, "I see rationality as a tool in the service of
critical thinking! Surely "critical thinking"is a broader concept---it's a
mode of thought."
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