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Counterfeit Reasons


When is a reason not a reason? According to Nyaya philosophers, when it’s all smoke and no fire. In this episode we’ll talk about how reasoning can go wrong when people use “counterfeit reasons,” which don’t actually support their claims.


Brittle Rille by Kevin MacLeod




Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips, The Nyaya-sutra: Selections with Early Commentaries, Hackett Publishing, 2017.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Ruptly, “USA: “Democrats had this election rigged right from the beginning” Dec 2, 2020

CBS Evening News, “Trump continues to deny election results despite legal losses” Dec 7, 2020

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