Appeal to emotion

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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.
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An '''appeal to emotion''' is an argument tactic which attempts to circumvent [[rational]] thought in the hopes of supporting a conclusion with an [[emotion]]al response.
  
 
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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 listener's emotion of fear, but [[Begging the question|begs the question]] by assuming that hell exists.
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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 in the first place.
  
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[[Category:Logical fallacies]]

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An appeal to emotion is an argument tactic 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 in the first place.

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