All-Or-Nothing Mistake Fallacy

A continuum stated as a black and white issue


I’m a good person.

I’m a mature Christian.

He’s wealthy.

She’s poor.

Most people don’t consider themselves wealthy no matter how much money they have, but some people use the word, “wealthy,” as a black and white issue. Where is the point at which someone becomes wealthy?

Fallacy Abuse:

Rocky Rockbuilder: A naturalist can never be fully rational.

Sandy Sandbuilder: Ha! Ha! That is the fallacy of all-or-nothing thinking.

Rocky: It’s not. If a naturalist uses the naturalistic presupposition as any part of the foundation of thought, then the naturalist falls prey to Agrippa’s trilemma. A chain of thought is as strong as its weakest link. This chain must begin with truth. However, the naturalist has only infinite regress, circular reasoning, or axiomatic thinking.

The flip side of this fallacy is the false dichotomy fallacy. In this fallacy, a thinker considers a black and white issue to be a continuum.