Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies

Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies ~ Appeal to Pity


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  • Appeal to Pity

    argumentum ad misercordiam

    Category: Appeals to Motives in Place of Support

    Definition: The reader is persuaded to agree by sympathy

    Examples:

    Proof:

    The reader is told to agree to the proposition because of the pitiful state of the author.

    Identify the proposition and the appeal to pity and argue that the pitiful state of the arguer has nothing to do with the truth of the proposition. (Cedarblom and Paulsen: 151, Copi and Cohen: 103, Davis: 82)


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