By Douglas N. Walton
Entice pity has usually been exploited with striking luck as a misleading tactic of argumentation, rather a lot in order that it has frequently been handled as a fallacy. utilizing a case research technique, the writer examines examples of appeals to pity and compassion in genuine arguments which will classify, examine, and evaluation the categories of arguments utilized in those appeals. one of the circumstances studied are the arguable use of "poster young children" within the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy and the "baby incubators tale" deployed by way of a public relatives enterprise to steer the choice to ship U.S. forces into Kuwait throughout the Gulf struggle. as well as the analyses of those and different case reports, this booklet presents, for the 1st time, specific guidance and precious standards with which to spot, study, and assessment situations of the advert misericordiam argument.
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It is a fallacy of relevance, but also a fallacy of "blowing up" the element of pity so that it is out of proportion in the total evidence picture for a case. However, there are some other aspects of the fallacy to be considered as well. Two kinds of cases require additional consideration. Both of these examples, from the same textbook (Kreyche 1970), raise interesting questions about why an appeal to pity should be considered a fallacious argument that seems to go beyond the kind of account given by Weddle and Bonevac.
Two kinds of cases require additional consideration. Both of these examples, from the same textbook (Kreyche 1970), raise interesting questions about why an appeal to pity should be considered a fallacious argument that seems to go beyond the kind of account given by Weddle and Bonevac. One curious type of case used by several of the textbooks 7 could be called the orphan case. The variant below is quoted from Kreyche (1970, p. 25:A young man is on trial for slaying both of his parents. The defense lawyer addresses himself to the jury: "How can you possibly pronounce sentence on this young man?
At any rate, there appears to be some uncertainty in the textbooks on when appeal to pity is appropriate or not as an argument in a legal context. 5. The Student's Plea Case Castell (1935, p. 8: A student who tries to save himself from a failure by reminding his instructor how disastrous such an event would be, is trying an Ad Misericordiam. The unfortunate consequences entailed by any fact do not render it any less a fact. The failure to see this is the essence of the Ad Misericordiam fallacy.
Appeal to Pity: Argumentum Ad Misericordiam by Douglas N. Walton