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Appeal to Consequences

September 22nd, 2009

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Appeal To Consequences (argumentum ad consequentiam)

classification : informal – appeals to motive in place of support

A premise that is either true or false based on whether such premise leads to desirable or undesirable consequences.

Foundations

A fallacy for the simple reason that wanting something to be true does not make it true. An appeal to consequences argument is an attempt to motivate belief to the level of fact.

Examples

If that’s true, then your life has no meaning.

It can never happen to me. If I believed it could, I could never sleep soundly at night.

Other Names

Wishful Thinking

Pascal’s Wager

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