The Uses of Slippery Slope Argument

11 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2015

Date Written: May 13, 2014


In this paper, I shall intend to show that the Sorites argument lies at the core of the Slippery Slope Argument and, for this reason, I shall deal with the logical validity of this argument. Once established its logical validity, I shall try to argue that the second premise of the Sorites argument -- the premise in accordance with if an individual i has the property P by having n unities of something, then another individual i' which has n-1 unities is also P -- in this kind of argument is always false; finally I shall draw some conclusions as to the way to stop the Slippery Slope.

Keywords: Slippery Slope Argument, Sorites Argument, Logic of Vagueness, Legal Argumentation

Suggested Citation

Moreso, J.J., The Uses of Slippery Slope Argument (May 13, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

J.J. Moreso (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005

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