Overgeneralizations are a sort of logical fallacies, which are failures of reasoning. So, that’s what overgeneralizations are, failures of reasoning.
More specifically, we might define them as when authors make claims that are so broad that they cannot be proven or disproved.
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(Continued) To claim, though, that the entire world is feeling this way, is definitely an exaggeration. In our example, the author claims consensus when there is actually none.
When readers spot overgeneralizations like the one above, they should get skeptical about the author’s argument because authors often try to hide unsupported or weak assertions behind some sort of authoritative language.
So again, an overgeneralization is like a logical fallacy. Overgeneralization is a failure of reasoning.
We can say that in overgeneralization, the author makes a claim that is so broad that it cannot be proven or disproved. When authors use overgeneralizations, they usually want to accomplish an allusion of authority or sway their readers’ opinions.
Last Updated on February 15, 2024.