Don’t Feed the Trolls: Straw Men and Iron Men

  • Scott AikinEmail author
  • John Casey
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 28)


Typically, philosophers consider the straw man a fallacy of relevance, inasmuch as one attacks a distorted, and hence irrelevant, version of an opponent’s argument. As some of recent work has shown, however, there is more to the problem of straw manning than the distortion of an opponent’s argument and hence more to the issue than relevance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyNortheastern Illinois UniversityChicagoUSA

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