Wednesday, September 22

Coronavirus: what is the “slippery slope fallacy” and why is it linked to vaccination against covid-19

  • Ramón Ortega Lozano and Aníbal Astobiza Monastery
  • The Conversation*

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When the vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus appeared, arguments were made warning of the possible negative consequences on its social impact.

Many authors (Walton, Rudinow, Hartog) have analyzed the slippery slope fallacy as an argument that proposes that when a first step is taken in one direction, a series of inextricable consequences will ultimately lead to a disastrous outcome.

A fallacy is an imperfect argument, that is, with formal deficiencies that make it irrational.

For issues addressed by the slippery slope, the results are always negative. That is why they are usually a good breeding ground for science fiction, especially for dystopias.

However, despite being based on imperfect arguments, the slippery slope does not prevent some reasonable criticism from being made about the consequences that could result from excessively risky interventions.

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