Appeal to emotion


Appeal to emotion

Appeal to emotion is a fallacy which uses the manipulation of the recipient's emotions, rather than valid logic, to win an argument. This kind of appeal to emotion is a type of red herring and encompasses several logical fallacies, including:
* Appeal to consequences
* Appeal to fear
* Appeal to flattery
* Appeal to pity
* Appeal to ridicule
* Appeal to spite
* Wishful thinking

Related fallacies

Other types of fallacies may also overlap with or constitute an appeal to emotion, including:

* Ad hominem attacks
* Guilt by association
* Misleading vividness
* Slippery slope
* Two wrongs make a right (if arguing for revenge)
* Straw man

Examples

* "For the children"
* "Support our troops"

See also

* Truthiness

External links

* [http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/skepticism/blfaq_fall_emotion.htm About.com: Appeals to emotion index]
* [http://www.fallacyfiles.org/emotiona.html Fallacy Files: Emotional appeal]
* [http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-emotion.html Nizkor: Appeal to emotion]
* [http://www.ciadvertising.org/student_account/spring_02/adv382j/jen/index.htm Emotion Theory in Advertising]


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