The Fallacy of “It’s True Because I Want it to be True”

“[It] has not yet received a … technical name; yet the thought that ‘It’s true because I want it to be true’ is perhaps the commonest fallacy of all”–Peter Kreeft (Socratic Logic, p. 83).

Kreeft’s basically referring to the error of believing things just because we want them to be true, not because we have any reason outside our personal desires. I can’t say how many people would explicitly admit to this kind of belief, but it’s the case nonetheless when they have no reason for believing in something other than that they want it to be true.

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