Wishful thinking

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Wishful thinking is a fallacy in which a conclusion is accepted based only on the desire of the conclusion to be true.

  • I want P to be true
  • Therefore, P is true.

The fallacy is closely related to appeal to emotion, in which a conclusion is accepted based on its emotional appeal. More generally, it is a non sequitur.

Use in apologetics

Many premises used by apologetics are difficult to establish, such as the principle of sufficient reason. Their acceptance by apologists is often based on the desire for these statements to be true.

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