, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 317–324

Speech Acts and Indirect Threats in Ad Baculum Arguments. A Reply to Budzynska and Witek

Comment to: Non-Inferential Aspects of Ad Hominem and Ad Baculum

DOI: 10.1007/s10503-014-9318-2

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Walton, D. Argumentation (2014) 28: 317. doi:10.1007/s10503-014-9318-2


The importance of speech acts for analyzing and evaluating argumentation in cases where it is suspected that the ad baculum fallacy has been committed is demonstrated in this paper by using a typical textbook example of this fallacy. It is shown how the argument in the example can be analyzed and evaluated using the devices of Gricean implicature and indirect speech acts. It is shown how these two devices can be applied to extrapolate the evidence furnished by the text and dialectical context of the example.


Fallacies Argument from negative consequences Strategic maneuvering Implicature 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CRRARUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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