Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Appeal To Emotion

Appeal to Emotion

The fallacy of appeal to emotion makes a claim based on sympathy or empathetic instead of just or logical grounds.

Example of Appeal to Emotion

  • Sarah did not want to eat liverwurst for dinner, but he mother told her to think of all the starving children in the world who do not have food at all. Sarah eating (or not eating) her food has no bearing on starving children in another part of the world.
  • Almost every commercial is an appeal to emotion. A cereal commercial shows kids enjoying their breakfast with a happy mom in the background. The commercial is supposed to make parents think that if they get this cereal their kids will just sit down and have their breakfast without running around and driving them crazy.

This is a common fallacy.