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Appeal to Pity
Ad Misericordiam

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

An Appeal to Pity is a fallacy in which a person substitutes a claim intended to create pity for evidence in an argument. The form of the "argument" is as follows:

  1. P is presented, with the intent to create pity.
  2. Therefore claim C is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because pity does not serve as evidence for a claim. This is extremely clear in the following case: "You must accept that 1+1=46, after all I'm dying..." While you may pity me because I am dying, it would hardly make my claim true.

This fallacy differs from the Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief (ACB). In the ACB fallacy, a person is using the effects of a belief as a substitute for evidence. In the Appeal to Pity, it is the feelings of pity or sympathy that are substituted for evidence.

It must be noted that there are cases in which claims that actually serve as evidence also evoke a feeling of pity. In such cases, the feeling of pity is still not evidence. The following is an example of a case in which a claim evokes pity and also serves as legitimate evidence:

Professor: "You missed the midterm, Bill."
Bill: "I know. I think you should let me take the makeup."
Professor: "Why?"
Bill: "I was hit by a truck on the way to the midterm. Since I had to go to the emergency room with a broken leg, I think I am entitled to a makeup."
Professor: "I'm sorry about the leg, Bill. Of course you can make it up."

The above example does not involve a fallacy. While the professor does feel sorry for Bill, she is justified in accepting Bill's claim that he deserves a makeup. After all getting run over by a truck would be a legitimate excuse for missing a test.

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 1,214 Total Answer Attempts   83%
 1,006 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 208 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

1,006 - Appeal to Pity
62 - Appeal to Emotion
24 - Special Pleading
16 - Peer Pressure
12 - Appeal to Fear
12 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
11 - Misleading Vividness
11 - False Dilemma
5 - Confusing Cause and Effect
5 - Slippery Slope
5 - Guilt by Association
5 - Personal Attack
4 - Ad Hominem
4 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Middle Ground
3 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Begging the Question
2 - Burden of Proof
2 - Ignoring a Common Cause
2 - Post Hoc
2 - Biased Generalization
2 - Appeal to Spite
1 - Appeal to Ridicule
1 - Relativist Fallacy
1 - Red Herring
1 - Genetic Fallacy
1 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Poisoning the Well
1 - Hasty Generalization
1 - Fallacy of Composition
1 - Fallacy of Division

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