, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 63–81

The Fallaciousness of Threats: Character and Ad Baculum



Robert Kimball, in “What’s Wrong with ArgumentumAd 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.


abductive reasoning dialectical argumentation fallacies negotiation threats virtue ethics 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsCatholic University of MilanMilanItaly

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