Each of the following passages may be plausibly criticized by some who conclude that it contains a

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Each of the following passages may be plausibly criticized by some who conclude that it contains a fallacy, but each may be defended by some who deny that the argument is fallacious. Discuss the merits of the argument in each passage, and explain why you conclude that it does (or does not) contain a fallacy.


Mr. Levy boasts many excellent bona fides for the job of Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools]. But there is one bothersome fact: His two children attend an elite private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Mr. Levy . . . should put his daughter and son in the public schools. I do not begrudge any parent the right to enroll a child in a private school. My wife and I considered several private schools before sending our children to a public school in Manhattan. Mr. Levy is essentially declaring the public schools unfit for his own children.

—Samuel G. Freedman, “Public Leaders, Private Schools,”
The New York Times , 15 April 2000

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Introduction To Logic

ISBN: 9781138500860

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Authors: Irving M. Copi, Carl Cohen, Victor Rodych

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