Appeal to pity
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Logic and rhetoric
- argumentum ad misericordiam
- appeal to sympathy
- Galileo argument (not to be confused with Galileo gambit)
If overlaying some text on a sad puppy image:
- P1: X is asserted in the context of sad situation Y.
- P2: (unstated) Anything asserted in a sad context is true.
- C: X is true.
If someone tearfully demands a better grade:
- P1: X is asserted by a person in sad situation Y.
- P2: (unstated) Anything asserted by a person in sad situation is true.
- C: X is true.
Just because something is sad does not mean that it is more or less true.
- I couldn't afford to go to college, and I can't understand those fancy arguments you're using. But I've read my Bible, and it'd break my heart if it wasn't true.
- Bob was an orphan, raised by a stepfather who had to work menial jobs all day to make ends meet.
- I know Scruffles has rabies, slaughters other pets, and destroys furniture, but I love him and you can't take him away!
- Officer, you can't give me a traffic ticket for running a red light: I'm going to the hospital to see my wife in critical condition to tell her I lost my job, the house burned down, and the car will be repossessed.
- See the Wikipedia article on Appeal to pity.
- APPEAL TO PITY, Logically Fallacious
- Appeal to Pity (Argumentum ad Misercordiam), Atheism/Agnosticism About.com
- Fallacy: Appeal to Pity, Nizkor Project
- Appeal to Pity (the Galileo Argument), Charles McGlothlin
- Argumentum ad Misericordiam, philosophy.lander.edu
- APPEAL TO PITY, Truly Fallacious
- Appeal to Pity, Changing Minds
- Appeal to Pity, LogicalFallacies.info
- Appeal to Pity, Hebrew for Christians