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The COVID-19 Fallacy

April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 Fallacy: Falsely attributing errors, wrongs, dispositions, failings, and bad ideologies to the COVID-19 pandemic when they, in fact, existed *long* before.

It’s a new problem that’s actually an old problem.

For those of you at home tracking the taxonomy of fallacies in the philosophy of history, this is a special form of presentism. David Hackett Fischer (of course!) also identified it as the legal *nunc pro tunc* fallacy (“now for then,” or the next). You can find a Merriam-Webster definition at this link.

Citation: D.H. Fischer, Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought (New York: Harper, 1970) pp. 135-140]. See also: the “Whig interpretation of history” and/or many of the works of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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