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The Ethics of Opposition Research III: Sources

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As with any research, opposition research relies on sources (which might be fictional). If the goal is to gather true and relevant information, then the credibility of sources is of great concern. There are, of course, the usual logical standards for assessing the credibility of sources. This assumes that the goal is to find information that is true (and relevant). In such cases, the argument from authority provides a good guide. After all, to accept a claim from a source as true because of the source is to engage in the argument from authority.  This argument has the following form:   Premise 1: A makes claim C about Subject S. Premise 2: A is an authority on subject S. Conclusion: C is true.   The argument can also be recast as an argument from credibility, if one prefers that to authority.   Premise 1: A makes claim C about Subject S. Premise 2: A is a credible source on subject S. Conclusion: C is true.   Assessing this reasoning involves assessing the. . .

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