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Argument from Authority

Similarly called appeal to authority, orĀ argumentum ad verecundiam, an authoritative source is used to justify the legitimacy and facticity of an argument, without providing contextual and evidential reasons to corroborate its apparent validity. Such an argument follows this template - "As it is said, so it is", without any further investigation or skepticism to the claim. However, a distinction must be made between argument from authority and deductive reasoning. The latter uses an authoritative premise for initiating the process of construction and evaluation of further argumentation.

In typological assessments, many make the mistake of typing a celebrity based on a self-type or an influential source, taking such as granted of the fact of the figure's personality. "X said they were an INFJ, so they must be," (I'm looking at you, IDRlabs).

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