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The Logic of ADHD: A Brief Review of Fallacious Reasoning

Tait, Gordon ; Tait, Gordon

Studies in philosophy and education, 2009-05, Vol.28 (3), p.239-254 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Logic of ADHD: A Brief Review of Fallacious Reasoning
  • Author: Tait, Gordon ; Tait, Gordon
  • Subjects: ADHD ; Fallacy ; Argument ; Education ; Educational Philosophy ; Philosophy of Education ; Logic ; Research ; Analysis ; Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ; Fallacies (Logic)
  • Is Part Of: Studies in philosophy and education, 2009-05, Vol.28 (3), p.239-254
  • Description: This paper has two central purposes: the first is to survey some of the more important examples of fallacious argument, and the second is to examine the frequent use of these fallacies in support of the psychological construct: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The paper divides 12 familiar fallacies into three different categories—material, psychological and logical—and contends that advocates of ADHD often seem to employ these fallacies to support their position. It is suggested that all researchers, whether into ADHD or otherwise, need to pay much closer attention to the construction of their arguments if they are not to make truth claims unsupported by satisfactory evidence, form or logic.
  • Publisher: Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0039-3746
    EISSN: 1573-191X
    DOI: 10.1007/s11217-008-9114-2

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