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Appeal To Emotion

November 3rd, 2009

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Appeal To Emotion

classification : red herring

Appeal to emotion is a potential fallacy which uses the manipulation of the recipient’s emotions, rather than valid logic, to win an argument. Also this kind of thinking may be evident in one who lets emotions and/or other subjective considerations influence one’s reasoning process.


Fallacies introduce a failure to support a claim, and thus limit the possibility of an ideology to be recognized as credible. The appeal to emotion fallacy uses emotions as the basis of an argument’s position. Therefore, factual evidence does not support the major ideas endorsed by the elicitor of the argument.

Other Names / Sub fallacies

Appeal to consequences
Appeal to fear
Appeal to flattery
Appeal to pity
Appeal to ridicule
Appeal to spite
Wishful thinking

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