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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>[http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Bare+assertion+fallacy thefreedictionary.com]</ref> The bare assertion fallacy claims, "That's just how it is."<ref>[http://books.google.com/books?id=1-71llVj2IkC&pg=PA267&dq=bare+assertion+fallacy&hl=en&ei=eGllTNvAIsKB8gaq27W7CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=bare%20assertion%20fallacy&f=false Randall Vandermey et al., ''The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching,'' 3rd edition, Houghton Mifflin, 2009, page 267]</ref>
 
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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>[http://www.bumperart.com/ProductDetails.aspx?SKU=2004100505&productid=14891 bumperart.com]</ref>
 
 
"A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth." --George Dennison Prentice, 1802-1870<ref>[http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_bare_assertion_is_not_necessarily_the_naked/207553.html thinkexist.com]</ref>
 
 
==See also==
 
*[[Ipse dixit]]
 
*[[Ontological argument]]
 
*[[Opaque context]]
 
*[[Transitivity of identity]]
 
 
== References ==
 
<references />
 
* http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message744245/pg1
 
{{Formal Fallacy}}
 
   
 
[[Category:Logical fallacies]]
 
[[Category:Logical fallacies]]

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The bare assertion fallacy is not really a fallacy.