Denying the correlative
The logical fallacy
of denying the correlative
is the opposite of the false dilemma
hypothesis. In this case an attempt is made to introduce a false alternative.
- Policeman: "Either you stole the money or you didn't, which is it?"
Criminal Philosopher: "You're assuming that the money really exists."
In the context of the question this is not a valid alternative.
- Parent: "I know that I didn't eat the sweet, so it must have been one of you two."
Child: "Maybe the sweet ate itself."
- Cynic: "Everyone acts selfishly all the time."
Priest: "What about Mother Theresa?"
Cynic: "Well she wanted to be good, so she was doing what she wanted."
This ignores the normal definition of selfishness and unselfishness.
Correlative based fallacies