Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Special Pleading

Special Pleading

The special pleading fallacy occurs when the orator ignores certain elements that are unhelpful for their claims, or when one asks for special considerations to be given them or one of their premises.

Example of Special Pleading

  • "Yes, I know convicted drug abuse justifies imprisonment. But my son is a good kid, your honor, and just fell in with the wrong crowd." Though a mother's pleading may be heart wrenching, it is not a valid argument for letting a convicted drug offender out of prison.
  • "Officer, I know I was speeding, but I am headed to the hospital to visit a sick family member."

This is a common fallacy.