Naturalistic fallacy

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The naturalistic fallacy is a flawed argument utilizing an appeal to nature[1] and the is–ought argument,[2] suggesting that because something occurs in nature, it is therefore inherently morally defensible. Conversely, a phenomenon that does not occur in nature may be inherently amoral transhumanism or immoral.

The naturalistic fallacy may be more commonly made by adherents of ethical naturalism,[3] moral realism[4] or as a reactionary position to the yuck factor.[5]

Examples

Non-examples

There are other appeals-to-nature which utilise different arguments such as concerns about environmentalism or overpopulation.

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