Appeal to Consequence

Applied to Protected From Myself by Yoav Ravid at 2y

An appeal to consequences is an argument against saying or believing something, which addresses external consequences of saying/believing, rather than the truth of the matter. This creates a conflict between epistemic rationality and instrumental rationality (or at least, raises the possibility of such a conflict). The argument asks you to compromise the soundness of your map, for the sake of the territory. If you give in, you may be accepting a falsehood. If you refuse, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.

Created by abramdemski at 2y