The Basic Slippery Slope Argument

Informal Logic, Vol. 35, No. 3 (2015), pp. 273-311

39 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015 Last revised: 22 Dec 2015

Douglas Walton

University of Windsor

Date Written: September 2, 2015


Although studies have yielded a detailed taxonomy of types of slippery slope arguments, they have failed to identify a basic argumentation scheme that applies to all. Therefore, there is no way of telling whether a given argument is a slippery slope argument or not. This paper solves the problem by providing a basic argumentation scheme.

Keywords: argumentation schemes, fallacies, genetics, argumentation, eugenics

Suggested Citation

Walton, Douglas, The Basic Slippery Slope Argument (September 2, 2015). Informal Logic, Vol. 35, No. 3 (2015), pp. 273-311. Available at SSRN:

Douglas Walton (Contact Author)

University of Windsor ( email )

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

Paper statistics

Abstract Views