Loki's Wager


Name of fallacy Loki's Wager
Type Denial Argument, Informal Argument
Description The unreasonable insistence that a concept cannot be defined, and therefore cannot be discussed.
Example "Loki is a trickster god in Norse mythology, who, legend has it, once made a bet with some dwarves. It was agreed that the prize, should Loki lose the wager, would be his head. Loki lost the bet, and in due time the dwarfs came to collect the head which had become rightfully theirs. Loki had no problem with giving up his head, but he insisted they had absolutely no right to take any part of his neck. Everyone concerned discussed the matter; and, one could suppose, they are discussing the matter still. Certain parts were obviously head, and certain parts were obviously neck, but neither side could agree exactly where the one ended and the other began. As a result, Loki keeps his head indefinitely."
Treatment Dealt with by challenging for a reasonable working definition and showing that the other party is being unreasonable and avoiding the argument.