straw man


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straw man

a weak proposition posited only to be demolished by a simple countering argument. So you can knock down your own straw man! Big deal. The question is how can you deal with real problems.
See also: man, straw
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A few days later, Smacview sells the same property, often for about $100,000 more than it bought it for, to a straw man.
Attacking this straw man diverts attention from substantive argument of actual positions.
Yet another reason for my feeling of dissociation is that Mills has provided his straw man "Toni Huber" with a new national identity, that is, as an "Australian scholar" (2006:91).
Dawkins is fond of telling us what we believe--usually in order to set up another straw man.
The press flack then proceeded to bash his carefully constructed straw man, blasting "those who say maybe if we don't do anything it will go away.
Grigg merely set up a straw man only to knock him down.
They have erected, and then blown aside, a straw man," Pope wrote.
The Florida Bar should be leading the charge to eradicate this discriminatory law and not hiding behind the "divisiveness" straw man.
He consistently toys with straw man constructions in this polemic without admitting his faith is that of one hoping for substance unseen.
Mann sets up a straw man of sorts by attempting to disprove the notion of a formal American empire, since few people envision the empire to be consisting of territorial possessions like the empires of the past.
Yet, however untenable its notion of "old absolutist figurations of monarchy" (55), Representing Elizabeth yields more than enough good fruit to make one ignore the straw man.
Offutt creates the proverbial straw man as the base line from which to measure her book, but in this case the straw man is dated.
The straw man paper mentioned in this article was the working draft of an informational brief prepared by a committee comprised of representatives from the 2002 LD Roundtable Initiative, a collaborative effort among ten organizations that represent children served through the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Even after reading it several times, I could not see exactly how it's supposed to fit into Tales or what Pigliucci is trying to say At times he seems to suggest that a scientific theory ought to be characterizable by a straw man (p.
Characters Tin Man, Dorothy and Straw Man will be on hand to provide the entertainment.