Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies

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


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  • Appeal to Popularity

    argumentum ad populum

    Category: Appeals to Motives in Place of Support

    Definition: A proposition is argued to be true because it is widely held to be true

    Examples:

    Proof:

    or is held to be true by some (usually upper crust) sector of the population. This fallacy is sometimes also called the "Appeal to Emotion" because emotional appeals often sway the population as a whole.

    Identity how the popularity of the belief is used as evidence that the belief is true. (Copi and Cohen: 103, Davis: 62)


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