Pathetic fallacy

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Pathetic fallacy means when you compare your human emotions to things happening in nature - such as a plague. An example is "a plague on both your houses" by Mercutio.

The term is not used in mediaeval logic. It is a literary term, invented by the British art critic John Ruskin in his book, Modern Painters (1843–60).[1]

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  1. The Penguin dictionary of philosophy 2nd ed, 2005. p. 455.