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PHEPHPost Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (Latin: after this, therefore because of this; type of logical fallacy)
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Wills's thesis about the modern presidency--after the bomb, therefore because of the bomb--rests on a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy.
Los latinos solian decir post hoc ergo propter hoc, o sea: "lo que viene despues es causado por lo que antecede".
It's a false post hoc ergo propter hoc (a belief that a happening that follows another happening must be the result of the preceding action) argument to claim that deflation created the Japanese depression.
In the case of Barres' three novels grouped under the title, The Novel of National Energy: The Uprooted, Appeal to a Soldier, Their Faces, Professor Chaitin examines the three novels in two chapters, the first entitled "Maurice Barres Protofascist?" and the second, "Nationalisim, Identity and the Transferential Novel." The question mark after the word "protofascist" warmed this reader's heart because it signaled that familiar struggle with the post hoc ergo propter hoc dilemma that anyone who has conjured with ideological morass of the late nineteenth century experiences; that is, is it "proto" because we know what happened?
To assume that any change is caused by the mandate falls into the trap of post hoc ergo propter hoc. And even when members of Congress do follow constituent opinion, the trends and patterns of public opinion are not necessarily uniform throughout the nation (see Nardulli, APSR 1995).
But the restaurant lobby's argument that obesity rates have ballooned nationally ever since the government began requiring detailed nutritional information on all packaged food nearly 15 years ago is an example of the logical fallacy post hoc ergo propter hoc: "after this, therefore because of this." Nutritional information is just that - information.
There is a name for this fallacy ("post hoc ergo propter hoc": if A precedes B, A caused B) but more important is the biology behind it.
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