One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural fallacies of composition
The error of assuming that what is true of a member of a group is true for the group as a whole.
- ‘It is a fallacy of composition to suppose that aggregate wealth can be measured by summing business wealth, for every credit is balanced by a corresponding debit.’
- ‘Searle argues that this objection involves a fallacy of composition, confusing the properties of a system with those of its parts.’
- ‘It is an example of what economists call the fallacy of composition: because something can work at one scale is no reason to apply it at another.’
- ‘While distributional changes between regions can occur at a given level of economic activity, it is a fallacy of composition to assume that all regions can lift themselves without a buoyant aggregate climate.’
- ‘Neither liberals nor conservatives are any more prone to prejudice than other groups and to argue otherwise is, in my opinion, an example of committing the fallacy of composition.’
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