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Disciplines Argument > Fallacies > Assertion

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Description

I say that X is true. Therefore X is true.

The mere fact of asserting a truth makes it true.

Example

You are stupid.

This shirt is the best that money can buy.

Vote for Jimmy. He will save this country!

Discussion

Being assertive is an adult way of behaving, stepping off the passive-aggressive continuum and stating a truth with conviction. This can be a very persuasive position, as it removes aggressive threat without capitulation, demonstrating maturity and apparent wisdom.

Assertion is often a veiled appeal to authority in that it makes the assumption that the person making the assertion is an expert or has a position of unassailable formal authority.

Classification

Assertive, Falsehood

Also known as

Alleged Certainty

See also

Appeal to Emotion, Appeal to Authority, Assertiveness, Authority principle

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