Category: Appeals to Motives in Place of Support
Definition: A proposition is argued to be true because it is widely held to be true
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)