[lit-ideas] Re: Ideology vs Experience

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 18:49:54 -0700

Lawrence wrote:

An anecdotal argument is essentially an inductive argument with an
inadequate sampling.

That is one way to look at it but usually 'anecdotal evidence' (I've never heard
of an anecdotal argument) is evidence based on things heard or read that lie
outside evidence based on confirmed studies or direct observation. It is the
uncertain origins of alleged 'evidence' that make it anecdotal not the number
of instances of it.

Robert Paul

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