Peer Response 1
· response should be a minimum of 75 words.
I have chosen appeals to authority for this discussion topic on inductive argument forms. An appeal to authority, or argument from authority, is when you present something as true because a person of authority said it was true. In order for an appeal to authority argument to be true, the source of the information needs to come from someone that specializes in the area or field of the topic, and they must be a credible source.
A good example of an appeal to authority argument in standard form would be:
Aaron Judge states the Astro’s 2017 World Series title was meaningless.
The New York Yankees lost the championship game due to Astro’s cheating scandal.
Therefore, since Aaron Judge is an MLB player for the New York Yankees, his statement is true.
A bad example of an appeal to authority argument in standard form would be:
Aaron Judge states the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe.
Aaron Judge is not in the medical field, and therefore, he does not have the competency or authority to make such claims outside of his specialty.
We know that an argument of this type is strong by differentiating between reliable and unreliable sources. A weak appeal to authority argument would raise questions or concerns with the validity of the argument due to the source of the claim. I think that we can do better by validating these types of claims first before assuming that everything you read is true; verifying the source of information is crucial while also vetting the source of the information by researching their credibility and whether or not they have the stance to make statements on that subject.