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Schemes & Tropes -- Perelman & Olbrechts-Tyteca -- Fallacies

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Szemeredy - Perelman Arguments

Perelman Argument
Article Connections
Facts/Truth – Supposed
By using newspaper articles and police reports, it is assumed that Scarsi believes these accounts to be the truth when in reality, they are assumptions of the actual events based on fabrications of the mind and excitement of the media.
Locus of Quantity
There are more incidents that allow the connection between Ripper and Szemeredy than those of quality which would suggest that there are too many coincidences.
Presence – Aggregation
The many different anecdotes all are to be assumed that they add up to make up the whole.
Analysis – Philosophical
All of the reasons behind why Szemeredy is the Ripper are based on the supposed facts of the media and the police reports.
Each report is a testament to the larger idea of Szemeredy's guilt.
Coexistence – Intention
Scarsi assumed that all the reports about Szemeredy make up his entire character as staed in the section “What have we got here?”


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    1. I don't know what happened to my comment but I will type it again!! I enjoyed your analysis and what you talked about Szemeredy and the Ripper but you might want to consider a little about the connection between this two and the evidence that it could be Szemeredy as Jack the Ripper.

  2. Your analysis of each type of argument is really thorough and precise, but I agree with the above person that you should work harder to try and focus more on the connections between the two.