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Indignation Is Not Righteous


Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.

Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

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Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian

Gary Longsine is an entrepreneur, information systems consultant, patent holding inventor in network security, and freethinker at large. He can be reached via email:

Dr. Peter Boghossian is a full-time faculty member in Portland State University's Philosophy Department. His publication record and teaching areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. He can be reached via email: