JCU PRESENTS: FALLACIES IN THE WORKPLACE

Week 2: Strawman (August 1-5)

The Strawman Fallacy: When a person argues against a false, less-compelling characterization of another person's position rather than his or her actual position.

Discussion Questions:


(1) In the video's example, Bob argues that Billie doesn't think safety is important and that she is perfectly comfortable with injuries continuing to occur as long as her team is not inconvenienced. How would you reframe Bob's response to open the discussion and be fair to Billie's position?

(2) Why is the strawman fallacy unfair both to the listeners and to the person who's being mischaracterized?



(3) Are there any examples of the "Strawman" fallacy you've encountered in your career or your personal life?