Ad hominem, Latin for “to the man” or “to the person,” is a personal attack on a person’s individual character instead of addressing the content of their arguments. Ad hominem is used to dismiss one’s argument based on personal differences in morals, character, or style. This fallacy can take many forms, including the previously featured Ad hominem tu quoque, Ad hominem circumstantial in which one’s personal circumstances are used as a basis for judgement, and slanderous or aggressive language, among others. This fallacy can be detrimental to one’s entire argument, as credibility often hinges upon reasonability and logic. Ad hominem is ultimately a deflection that undermines a case without forming any counter-points. As Phi Kappans, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle and respect personal differences due to our dedication to Order and Decorum. Because of our core philosophy focused on these vital principles, Ad hominem is one of the most dangerous fallacies that can be used in our Hall or in any debate a Phi Kappan partakes in.