The logic of ADHD : a brief review of fallacious reasoning

Tait, Gordon (2009) The logic of ADHD : a brief review of fallacious reasoning. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 28(3), pp. 239-254.

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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.

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ID Code: 28832
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ADHD, Fallacy, Logic, Education
DOI: 10.1007/s11217-008-9114-2
ISSN: 0039-3746
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Logic (220308)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2009 02:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:07

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