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Appeal To Consequences

November 29th, 2009

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Appeal To Consequences (argumentum ad consequentiam)

classification : informal – appeals to motives in place of support

An argument that concludes a premise (typically a belief) to be either true or false based on whether the premise leads to desirable or undesirable consequences.


Based on an appeal to emotion since the desirability of a consequence does not address the truth value of the premise. Moreover, in categorizing consequences as either desirable or undesirable, such arguments inherently contain subjective points of view.

Sub Fallacies

Appeal to Force
Wishful Thinking

Red Herring

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