Entry from US English dictionary
The error of assuming that what is true of a member of a group is true for the group as a whole.
- While distributional changes between regions can occur at a given level of economic activity, it is a fallacy of composition to assume that all regions can lift themselves without a buoyant aggregate climate.
- Searle argues that this objection involves a fallacy of composition, confusing the properties of a system with those of its parts.
- Neither liberals nor conservatives are any more prone to prejudice than other groups and to argue otherwise is, in my opinion, an example of committing the fallacy of composition.
For editors and proofreaders
Syllabification: fal·la·cy of com·po·si·tion
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.