There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.
If everyone seeing this today donates $5, we will meet our goal for 2018.
| Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.|
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with !
Appeal to shame
| Part of the series on|
Logic and rhetoric
- appeal to guilt
- political correctness
- appeal to pride
- argumentum ad superbium
- ad hominem ridicule
- appeal to humor
- appeal to mockery
- appeal to ridicule
- horse laugh
- refutation by caricature
Someone holds a shameful opinion:
- P1: X asserts Y.
- P2: Y is shameful.
- C1: X is shameful.
Someone shameful holds an opinion:
- P1: X asserts Y.
- P2: X is shameful.
- C1: Y is false.
Appeal to ridicule
An appeal to ridicule is an appeal to shame with mocking laughter in the background. The fallacy occurs when the sole purpose of an argument is to make people laugh at someone, and use that social pressure to force someone to change their beliefs. While humor can be useful (especially in reductio ad absurdum arguments), it is not the primary point of an argument, and mocking should never be.
Appeal to pride
An appeal to pride is an inverse form of an appeal to shame. Instead of saying that something is shameful, something is described as something you should be proud of -- eg, "aren't you proud of our troops?"
- "Aren't you ashamed for having that opinion?"
- "Only the most degenerate, morally depraved, cretinous imbecile could fail to see the truth of my argument."
- May be combined with Godwin's law (for example: Aren't you ashamed to be in favor of building highways, just like Hitler was?)
- Oh, you're only 13. You can't have an interest in economics.
- Shame Nun
- See the Wikipedia article on Appeal to ridicule.
- Appeal to Ridicule, Nizkor Project
- Appeal to Guilt, Bruce Thompson
- ARGUMENT FROM INTIMIDATION, Objectivism