Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fallacy of Composition

An LGO investigator commits the second type of fallacy of Composition when they concluded that what is true of the constituent parts of a complaint must be also true of the whole complaint without there being adequate justification for the claim.

An investigator often breaks up a complaint into a number of its constituent parts, then wrongly argues that because there is no evidence of maladministration in the individual parts there can be no evidence of maladministration in the complaint as a whole.

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