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"The clinching proof of my reasoning is that I will cut anyone who argues further into dogmeat." -- Attributed to Sir Geoffery de Tourneville, ca 1350 A.D.
Appeal to Fear
Ad Baculum

AKA Scare Tactics, Appeal to Force

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to Fear is a fallacy with the following pattern:

  1. Y is presented (a claim that is intended to produce fear).
  2. Therefore claim X is true (a claim that is generally, but need not be, related to Y in some manner).
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because creating fear in people does not constitute evidence for a claim.

It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe(PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, it might be prudent to not fail the son of your department chairperson because you fear he will make life tough for you. However, this does not provide evidence for the claim that the son deserves to pass the class.

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 1,383 Total Answer Attempts   80%
 1,103 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 280 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
1,103 - Appeal to Fear
34 - Personal Attack
22 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
19 - Confusing Cause and Effect
15 - Appeal to Authority
14 - Appeal to Ridicule
14 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
11 - Post Hoc
11 - Appeal to Flattery
10 - Misleading Vividness
9 - Appeal to Spite
8 - Guilt by Association
8 - Appeal to Novelty
8 - Appeal to Emotion
7 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
7 - Appeal to Belief
7 - Appeal to Popularity
6 - Relativist Fallacy
6 - Ad Hominem
6 - Poisoning the Well
6 - Red Herring
5 - Peer Pressure
5 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Tradition
5 - Fallacy of Division
5 - Hasty Generalization
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
3 - Genetic Fallacy
3 - Burden of Proof
3 - Slippery Slope
3 - Biased Generalization
2 - Appeal to Common Practice
2 - Begging the Question
2 - Middle Ground
2 - Gambler's Fallacy
1 - Fallacy of Composition
1 - False Dilemma
1 - Appeal to Pity

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