Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Appeal To Authority

Appeal to Authority

The fallacy of appeal to authority makes the argument that if one credible source believes something that it must be true.

Example of Appeal to Authority

  • If the Pope says that an aspect of doctrine is true, then it should be added to the creed, since he is infallible.
  • The mayor said that the crime rate is down. The statistics claiming otherwise must be erroneous. Since the mayer is in charge of the city and supposedly awar of the goings on his statement should supersede statistical data.

This is a common fallacy.