Understanding Fallacies

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Appeal to Motive in Place of Support

Appeal to Pity
(argumentum ad misercordiam)

The reader is told to agree to the proposition because of the pitiful state of the author.


  1. How can you say that's out? It was so close, and besides, I'm down ten games to two.
  2. We hope you'll accept our recommendations. We spent the last three months working extra time on it.


Identify the proposition and the appeal to pity and argue that the pitiful state of the arguer has nothing to do with the truth of the proposition.


Cedarblom and Paulsen: 151, Copi and Cohen: 103, Davis: 82

Reference Guide
Fallacy Summary

The content of this Fallacy originated from Stephen Downes Guide to Logical Fallacies.


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