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Appeal To Force (Argumentum ad Baculum)

September 24th, 2009

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Appeal To Force  ( Argumentum ad Baculum )

classification : informal – red herring – appeal to consequences

Argumentum ad Baculum (fear of force): the fallacy committed when one appeals to force or the threat of force to bring about the acceptance of a conclusion.


The ad baculum derives its strength from an appeal to human timidity or fear and is a fallacy when the appeal is not logically related to the claim being made. In other words, the emotion resulting from a threat rather than a pertinent reason is used to cause agreement with the purported conclusion of the argument.

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