Tu Quoque

Fallacies of Assumption

What is Tu Quoque ?

This is literally translated to you too. It helps you avoid having to engage in criticism by turning it back on the accuser. Answering criticism with criticism. This is committed when it is assumed that because someone else did something there is nothing wrong with doing it.Saying someone's claim is false because their past doesn't match their claim.

Why Tu Quoque is Wrong ?

This is a fallacy because both people could be in the wrong and two wrongs don't make a right. The actions or person's past often has little to do with the person's claim at the moment.

Example of Tu Quoque

Sarah: You should't be smoking. It's bad for your health and leads to an early death.

Nathan: You smoke all the time so that can't be true.