by Admin on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
by Admin on Friday, April 3, 2015
An appeal to tradition, or argumentum ad antiquitatem, is an informal logical fallacy that people often used to justify the status quo, but falsely insists that historical preference is correct without evidence. The line of reasoning includes a premise that X is traditional or common practice to conclude that X is therefore better. For example, bloodletting was a primary treatment to cure illness or disease for thousands of years before being discredited as harmful. Of course, an appeal to novelty – new things are better than old – is equally fallacious. To avoid committing both fallacies, age must be pertinent to the claim such would be the case with wine. If arguing that claim X has stood the test of time, you need to successfully prove it has stood up to tests and challenges in which the weight of evidence makes the claim reasonable. Often, in negating a resolution, an appeal to tradition is used to defend a position as defensible, but in doing so critical analysis is replaced with slackness. Remember, as Phi Kappans, we seek to question history, not affirm it.
by Admin on Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Phi Kappa Literary Society would like to extend the happiest of birthday wishes to our beloved clerk, Brother Austin Hattori. Thank you for shining so brightly in our hall; have the wonderful day that you deserve!