I'm entitled to my opinion
I'm entitled to my opinion or I have a right to my opinion is a logical fallacy in which a person discredits any opposition by claiming that they are entitled to their opinion. The statement exemplifies a red herring or thought-terminating cliché. The logical fallacy is sometimes presented as "Let's agree to disagree". Whether one has a particular entitlement or right is irrelevant to whether one's assertion is true or false. Where an objection to a belief is made, the assertion of the right to an opinion side-steps the usual steps of discourse of either asserting a justification of that belief, or an argument against the validity of the objection. Such an assertion, however, can also be an assertion of one's own freedom or of a refusal to participate in the system of logic at hand.
Philosopher Patrick Stokes has described the expression as problematic because it is often used to defend factually indefensible positions or to "[imply] an equal right to be heard on a matter in which only one of the two parties has the relevant expertise".
- Whyte, Jamie (2004). "The Right to Your Opinion". Crimes Against Logic. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-144643-5.
- Deleuze, Gilles (1994). "The Image of Thought". Difference and Repetition. Paul Patton (trans.). New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-08159-6.
- Whyte, Jamie (August 9, 2004). "Sorry, but you are not entitled to your opinion". The Times. News UK. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011.
- Stokes, Patrick (9 October 2012). "You're not entitled to your opinion". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
- Godden, David (2014). "Teaching rational entitlement and responsibility: a Socratic exercise". Informal Logic. 34 (1): 124–151. doi:10.22329/il.v34i1.3882.
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