46. Some Pitfalls of Reasoning—Ambiguity - Deepstash

46. Some Pitfalls of Reasoning—Ambiguity

It should be noted that the various kinds of fallacies run into each other, and not infrequently a given piece of bad reasoning can be described under more than one of them. Of all the sources of faulty and misleading reasoning, ambiguity is the most fruitful and the most inclusive. It springs from the facts that words, except those which are almost technically specific, are constantly used in more than one sense, and that a great many of the words which we use in everyday life are essentially vague in meaning.

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