Once You Start Using Slippery Slope Arguments, You're on a Very Slippery Slope

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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David Enoch

Hebrew University - The Philosophy Department and the Law School

Abstract

Slippery slope arguments (SSAs) are, so I argue, arguments from consequences which have the following peculiar characteristic: They take advantage of our being less than perfect in making-and acting according to-distinctions. But then, once SSAs are seen for what they are, they can be turned against themselves. Being less than perfect at making the second-order distinction between distinctions we're good at abiding by and those we're bad at abiding by, we're bound to fail to make the distinction between good and bad SSAs. One can therefore construct an SSA, the conclusion of which is, that we ought not to use SSAs. After characterizing SSAs and constructing the SSA against the use of SSAs, I then explore its implications.

Suggested Citation

Enoch, David, Once You Start Using Slippery Slope Arguments, You're on a Very Slippery Slope. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 629-647, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=821626

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