According to the Texas State University Department of Philosophy
1) A course of action is rejected because, with little or no evidence, one insists that
it will lead to a chain reaction resulting in an undesirable end or ends.
2) The Slippery Slope involves an acceptance of a succession of events without direct
evidence that this course of events will happen.
WHAT does that mean?
Simply put, a Slippery Slope takes an assumption...
and makes leaps in logic to support the end results
Why would anyone do that?
Many reasons... let's explore a few of them
If I allow you to retake the test...
Then EVERYONE is going to want to redo every
assignment in this class
By assuming that this is not a one time event,
the instructor fails to recognize there could be
Now, this COULD end up true, but that is unknown
at the time of the argument.
If you keep giving in every time the baby cries
or throws a fit, he will end up in prison because
we never set limits.
Wait a second.... what happened here...
This leap in logic is probably missing a few essential
steps in confirming the impending felony-status of the
2 year old who wants a cookie.
So how do you stop someone from using
Slippery Slope Fallacies?
To be honest, you can't...
But you can make sure you can back up
To avoid a slippery slope,
Ensure your arguments have a clear, logical path...
from Cause to End Results
Like A causes B causes C causes D,etc
Becoming aware of our fallacies, we can ensure...
We strive to never use these fallacies in the future
and we learn how to gently oppose those who do
Because knowing is half the battle....
My thanks to those who helped show my own fallacies and
Sheldon Cooper, who's Fun with Flags I borrowed this from.