The fallaciousness of threats: Character and Ad Baculum

Douglas Walton, Fabrizio MacAgno

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Robert Kimball, in "What's Wrong with Argumentum Ad Baculum?" (Argumentation, 2006) argues that dialogue-based models of rational argumentation do not satisfactorily account for what is objectionable about more malicious uses of threats encountered in some ad baculum arguments. We review the dialogue-based approach to argumentum ad baculum, and show how it can offer more than Kimball thinks for analyzing such threat arguments and ad baculum fallacies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-81
Number of pages19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


  • Abductive reasoning
  • Dialectical argumentation
  • Fallacies
  • Negotiation
  • Threats
  • Virtue ethics


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