affective fallacy


Definition of affective fallacy

: the error in literary criticism of judging a work on the basis of its effect on the reader

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First Known Use of affective fallacy

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of affective fallacy was in 1948

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“Affective fallacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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