Appeal to emotion

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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.
 
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.
  
*"[[Hitler]] was an [[evil]] [[atheist]], you don't want to be a Nazi, do you?"
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*"[[Hitler]] was an [[evil]] [[atheist]]; you don't want to be a Nazi, do you?"
  
 
The first objection to the statement is whether or not Hitler was an atheist, which tends to be an [[argument from ignorance]], due to the fact that Hitler was a devout [[catholic]]. The second issue with the statement is that it makes a link between atheism and Nazism via an [[Enthymeme|enthymeme]].
 
The first objection to the statement is whether or not Hitler was an atheist, which tends to be an [[argument from ignorance]], due to the fact that Hitler was a devout [[catholic]]. The second issue with the statement is that it makes a link between atheism and Nazism via an [[Enthymeme|enthymeme]].
 
[[Category:Logical fallacies]]
 
[[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.

The first objection to the statement is whether or not Hitler was an atheist, which tends to be an argument from ignorance, due to the fact that Hitler was a devout catholic. The second issue with the statement is that it makes a link between atheism and Nazism via an enthymeme.

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