Subjectivist Fallacies:

In an argument of this sort, a subjective state--the mere fact that we have a belief or desire--is used as evidence for the truth of a proposition.

We can see what's wrong with this argument by identifying the implicit premise. To make this argument stronger, one would have to accept the premise that whatever I believe or want to be true is true. That is, subjectivism implicitly assumes that we are infallible. And of course we aren't.

Subjectivism is not only a way of adopting conclusions on subjective grounds, but also--and probably more often--a way of evading conclusions by refusing to believe in them. Some people have perfected the skill of simply not seeing what they don't want to see, and most of us indulge in this habit occasionally. If the habit were put into words, it would take the form, "I don't want to accept p; therefore, p isn't true." That's subjectivism.

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

Subjectivist Fallacies

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