Questions about the notion of an ad hominem fallacy
Doug Walton has argued that ad hominem reasoning is not always fallacious, and that in some instances, questions of personal conduct, character, motives, etc., are legitimate and relevant to the issue, as when it directly involves hypocrisy, or actions contradicting the subject's words.
The philosopher Charles Taylor has argued that ad hominem reasoning is essential to understanding certain moral issues, and contrasts this sort of reasoning with the apodictic reasoning of philosophical naturalism.
I stated right off the bat that IF the issue or topic is psychology (moral issues) then such ad hom concerns do not apply.
The question is merely what the actual topic is or isn't. If the motives of a person are the topic, then ad hom doesn't apply.
Your quotes merely reaffirmed what I stated.
Helandhighwater wrote:So you are saying that questioning absolutism, no one person, no one faith is an ad hom-
Read the above. Obviously if the topic of discussion is absolutism, then such remarks are not ad hom, but specifically on topic.
Helandhighwater wrote:I have attacked apologism and I have attacked absolutism across all faiths and non faiths. This is an ad hom. Perhaps only in those who chose to see themselves as being attacked?
No, if that is what you actually did (I haven't looked) then that wouldn't be an ad hom.
Stick to the actual topic matter and ad hom isn't an issue.
If the people themselves IS the topic, then ad hom isn't an issue anyway.
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