philosophy short essay 4
Reading the below conversation between Nick and Joey. Then, answer the following questions (2 paragraphs each):
- This conversation includes a red herring fallacy. Where does the fallacy occur, and why is it a red herring? Be sure to define the fallacy, and discuss how it is fallacious within the context.
- At the end of the conversation, Nick says, “I proved that youâ€™re wrong, and if youâ€™re wrong, Iâ€™m right.” Is this a true statement? Does proving that someone else is wrong about something mean that you are right about that same something? Explain your answer (this statement also includes a sneaky fallacy; identify/explain it for +1 EC to your overall score).
Joey: So, what happens when youâ€™re wrong?
Nick: Well, Joey, Iâ€™m never wrong.
Joey: But you canâ€™t always be right.
Nick: Well, if itâ€™s your job to be right, then youâ€™re never wrong.
Joey: But what if you are wrong?
Nick: Okay, letâ€™s say that youâ€™re defending chocolate and Iâ€™m defending vanilla. Now, if I were to say to you, â€œVanillaâ€™s the best flavor ice creamâ€, youâ€™d say â€¦?
Joey: â€œNo, chocolate is.â€
Nick: Exactly. But you canâ€™t win that argument. So, Iâ€™ll ask you: So you think chocolate is the end-all and be-all of ice cream, do you?
Joey: Itâ€™s the best ice cream; I wouldnâ€™t order any other.
Nick: Oh. So itâ€™s all chocolate for you, is it?
Joey: Yes, chocolate is all I need.
Nick: Well, I need more than chocolate. And for that matter, I need more than vanilla. I believe that we need freedom and choice when it comes to our ice cream, and that, Joey Naylor, that is the definition of liberty.
Joey: But thatâ€™s not what weâ€™re talking about.
Nick: Ah, but thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m talking about.
Joey: But â€¦ you didnâ€™t prove that vanillaâ€™s the best.
Nick: I didnâ€™t have to. I proved that youâ€™re wrong, and if youâ€™re wrong, Iâ€™m right