Appeal (disambiguation)

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Appeal may refer to:

Arguments and rhetoric[edit]

  • In rhetoric, an appeal is defined as a "persuasive strategy" such as Aristotle's three artistic proofs:
    • Ethos - an appeal to the credibility of the speaker
    • Pathos - an appeal to emotion
    • Logos - an appeal to the logical or reasoning





A common rhetorical device in philosophical texts: "this appeals to/from that" -means roughly "to make sense of this with regard to that"


Philosophical Investigations, by Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • 228 "... it gives expression to the fact that we look to the rule for instruction and do something, without appealing to anything else for guidance."
  • 265 "... justification consists in appealing to something independent. ... surely I can appeal from one memory to another."
The Problems of Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell
  • Ch VI "... If we are challenged as to why we believe that it will continue to rise as heretofore, we may appeal to the laws of motion: ..."
  • Ch VII. "... 'Why should I accept the results of valid arguments based on true premisses?' we can only answer by appealing to our principle. ..."



Other uses[edit]