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Appeal to Tradition

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Definition

An appeal to tradition is an attempt to use tradition or common practice instead of logic to support a conclusion or claim.

The premise and the conclusion may both be true, but the premise does not necessarily support the conclusion.

This form of argument is particularly appealing to people who are opposed to change.

Examples

  • "Gays have never been allowed to marry. Gay marriage is wrong."

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