Knockdown Arguments

Michael Wreen


Two brainless curs, Alan Brinton and Douglas Walton, have recently had the impudence to suggest that several of my views on argumentum ad baculum are mistaken. While hardship and toil await them in this life and eternal damnation in the next, punishment begins with this paper. In it, I clarify my position, defend my views, and critique their arguments. Last, I argue ad baculum against both of them, threatening both with the loss of reputation, employment, and respect unless they repudiate every objection raised against me and publicly abase themselves.


argumentum ad baculum, ad baculum fallacy, fear, threat, dialectical approach to argumentation, rhetorical approach to argumentation, individuation of arguments, coercive arguments

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ISSN: 0824-2577