Material fallacy

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Material fallacy a fallacy in the matter or thought, rather than in the logical form
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. materialismateria.

Usage

In literature:

The idea of this material as a simple homogeneous compound or as a mixture of such compounds is absolutely fallacious.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
Material Fallacies classified 394 Sec.5.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
They accepted in its entirety the fallacy that love is a self-sustaining force, independent of material conditions.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
Another common fallacy of young dramatists is that what has happened is better dramatic material than what is imagined.
"Dramatic Technique" by George Pierce Baker
There must have been some material, empirical reason why intelligent men were so easily entrapped by a fairly obvious fallacy.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey
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