Appeal to Hypocrisy

Logical Fallacies

Definition

Also know as "tu quoque", which translates to “you too” in latin. This appeal is used to quickly end an argument and question the validity of a source rather than the actual statement. It is rather one criticizing someone else's criticism.

Example #1

The United States has specifically stated to nations such as Iran, China and Afghanistan that torture and the mistreatment of prisoners is inappropriate, and yet, we presently have the torture that was rendered upon people who were abducted from several wars.

Example #2

In 2009, President Obama chose to not continue the use of nuclear weapons.


“As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act... So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. I’m not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly -- perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence. But now, we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, ‘Yes, we can...’”


Now, in 2014, he is changing his decision and reinstating a treaty which will allow nuclear weapons to be utilized as needed.


"How the President Who Pledged to Banish Nuclear Weapons Is Enabling Their Renewal." Truthout. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2014. <http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/27950-the-abolition-of-abolition-how-the-president-who-pledged-to-banish-nuclear-weapons-is-enabling-their-renewal>.


Example #3

The belief that one should not work on Sundays is carried by many, but they expect to be served when coming to a restaurant or a store.