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Sentimental Fallacy

October 8th, 2009

Sentimental Fallacy

classification : informal – Red Herring – rhetorical -Appeal To Emotion

The sentimental fallacy is an ancient rhetorical device that attributes human emotions to the forces of nature, such as mourning or anger.


It would be more pleasant if; therefore it ought to be; therefore it is


John Sloan painted the world in as generally amiable, a place full of fleshy, rosy girls on swings or in dance halls, Brooklyn Fragonard and Hester Street Renoir, chattering in front of the nickelodeon parlor or parading in Washington Square Park. Prone to the sentimental fallacy of treating the poor as figures in an urban pastoral, he wanted to see happiness everywhere.

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