Rhetorical Appeals
Terms of Logic
Fallacies of Relevance Definitions Part One
Fallacies of Relevance Definitions Part Two
Wild Card
100

The rhetorical appeal that persuades an audience by appealing to their emotions.

What is Pathos?

100

Making a point about a subject and supporting it with evidence.

What is an argument?

100

The belief that a position is true or correct because it is somehow patriotic, and those who disagree are somehow unpatriotic.

What is the Patriotic Appeal?

100

The belief that something must be true because it is based on a past or current tradition.  In other words, "We've always believed or done it this way!"

What is Argument from Tradition?

100

The word empathy comes from this word in Greek.

What is PATHOS?

200

The rhetorical appeal that persuades an audience by appealing to their sense of moral character using trustworthiness, fairness, honesty, etc.

What is Ethos?

200

Studying the formal processes used in thinking and reasoning to try to make sense out of things.

What is Logic?

200

Attacking or praising the people who make an argument rather than discussing the argument itself.

What is Ad Hominem?

200

Using an authority as evidence in your argument when the authority is not really an authority on the facts relevant to the argument.

What is Appeal to Improper Authority?

200

The word logical comes from this word in Greek.

What is Logos?

300

The rhetorical appeal that persuades an audience by appealing to their sense of reason using facts, figures, etc.

What is LOGOS?

300

An argument made up of a major and minor premise (statements or accepted truths) and a conclusion based on them.

What is a syllogism?

300

The belief that if a person accepts the attributes of the social or intellectual "superior" they will also be socially or intellectually "superior".

What is Snob Appeal?

300

When pity or a related emotion such as sympathy or compassion is appealed to for the sake of getting a conclusion accepted.

What is Appeal to Pity?

300

The word ethical comes from this word in Greek.

What is Ethos?

400

"I'm begging you!  Please loan me 50 dollars to get medicine for my goldfish Harry!  He has an air bladder infection!"  This example uses this rhetorical appeal.

What is PATHOS?

400

A breakdown or error in the terms of reasoning.

What is a fallacy?

400

The use of force, or the threat of force, or some other unpleasant backlash to make people accept a conclusion.

What is Appeal to Force?

400

The argument that says something must be false because if it were true it would create negative results.

What is Argument from Adverse (Bad) Consequences?

400

The word sympathy comes from this word in Greek.

What is Pathos?

500

"I have been with the company for six years, have won employee of the year for three years straight, and many customers have given me positive reviews for my knowledgable and fair relationships with them."  This example uses this rhetorical appeal.

What is ETHOS?

500

A statement or an accepted truth about something (used in a syllogism).

What is a premise?

500

The assumption that the opinion of the majority is always valid:  that is, everyone believes it, so you should, too.

What is Bandwagon?

500

Arguing that something is true because it has not been proved false or that something is false because it has not been proved true.

What is an Argument from Ignorance?

500

The word logistics comes from this word in Greek.

What is Logic?

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