I began collecting and studying logical fallacies about twenty-five years ago, when I first became interested in logic. This collection took two forms:
Some years after I began to amass these files, I wondered just what I ought eventually to do with them, how best to organize the information within them, and in what form to make them available to others interested in fallacy studies. The present hypertext web version, The Fallacy Files, was first published on March 11th, 2001, and is the result of this score of years of research and fieldwork on the fallacies.
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You can contribute fallacies and examples to the files by sending them to me. Examples that can be documented in some way are preferable to anecdotes. Comments, questions, and suggestions are also always welcome.
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