Appeal to emotion

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*"Aren't you afraid to go to [[hell]] when you die?"
 
*"Aren't you afraid to go to [[hell]] when you die?"
  
The above statement appeals to the listeners emotion of fear, but [[Begging the question|begs the question]]: "Do you have any evidence of this hell?"
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The above statement appeals to the listener's emotion of fear, but [[Begging the question|begs the question]] by assuming that hell exists.
  
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]

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An Appeal to emotion is an argument which attempts to circumvent rational thought in the hopes of supporting a conclusion with an emotional response.

Example

  • "Aren't you afraid to go to hell when you die?"

The above statement appeals to the listener's emotion of fear, but begs the question by assuming that hell exists.

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