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The '''bare assertion fallacy''' is a [[fallacy]] in [[formal logic]] where a premise in an [[Argument (logic)| argument]] is assumed to be [[Truth| true]] merely because it says that it is true.<ref>[]</ref> The bare assertion fallacy claims, "That's just how it is."<ref>[ Randall Vandermey et al., ''The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching,'' 3rd edition, Houghton Mifflin, 2009, page 267]</ref>
The '''bare assertion fallacy''' is not really a fallacy.
One form of the fallacy may be summarized as follows:
*Fact 1: X claims statement A.
*Fact 2: X claims that X is not lying.
*Conclusion: Therefore, A is true.
== Examples ==
Put into practice, this fallacy would read:
*Fact 1: Simon says that Jack eats ice cream.
*Fact 2: Simon says that Simon is not lying.
*Conclusion: Therefore, Jack eats ice cream.
A version of this reasoning may be found in the popular bumper sticker that reads "God said it; I believe it; that settles it."<ref>[]</ref>
"A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth." --George Dennison Prentice, 1802-1870<ref>[]</ref>
==See also==
*[[Ipse dixit]]
*[[Ontological argument]]
*[[Opaque context]]
*[[Transitivity of identity]]
== References ==
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{{Formal Fallacy}}
[[Category:Logical fallacies]]
[[Category:Logical fallacies]]

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The bare assertion fallacy is not really a fallacy.