Subjectivist Fallacies:
Appeal to Emotion
(Argumentum ad Populum)

This fallacy is the attempt to persuade someone of a conclusion by an appeal to emotion instead of evidence. A person who commits this fallacy is hoping that his listeners will adopt a belief on the basis of a feeling he has instilled in them--outrage, hostility, fear, pity, guilt, or whatever.

More often, however, the appeal is less direct. It may take the form of rhetorical language that is heavily laden with emotive connotations, as in propaganda and other sorts of incendiary political speech.

The fallacy may also take the form of visual images that have a strong emotional impact.

Subjectivism | Appeal to majority |
Appeal to emotion | Appeal to force

Subjectivist Fallacies

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