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The Persuasive Force Of The Ad Baculum, John Casey Nov 2019

The Persuasive Force Of The Ad Baculum, John Casey

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Standardly, the ad baculum fallacy consists in using the threat of violence or sanction to solicit agreement to a standpoint. A common informal logical account of its fallaciousness is that the threat is irrelevant to the truth of the conclusion. While this is a compact account, it is hard to find satisfactory cases. More plausibly, a dialogical account locates the error in the subversion of the purpose of a critical discussion. This makes better sense of actual cases, but, I shall argue, it fails to explain what makes the ad baculum an effective and pernicious form of persuasion. While attempting ...


“If She Was Great, I Would Have Heard Of Her By Now”: When Trust In Our Sources Of Knowledge Lead Us Astray, Stacey Goguen Nov 2019

“If She Was Great, I Would Have Heard Of Her By Now”: When Trust In Our Sources Of Knowledge Lead Us Astray, Stacey Goguen

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Several years ago in graduate school, I was a teaching assistant for a course titled, “Great Philosophers,” which at many universities really means, “Favorite Philosophers of the Professor.” But professors will usually make a case for why their favorites should be considered “great.” In this particular course, we read the work of Ruth Millikan, who wrote a lot of interesting things about language and biology and what it means for a word to ‘stand for’ for something in the world. I hadn’t heard of Millikan before the class, but found her work fascinating. One day, I brought up her ...


Is Masculinity A Vice?, Tyler J. Zimmer Nov 2018

Is Masculinity A Vice?, Tyler J. Zimmer

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No abstract provided.


Bothsiderism, John P. Casey Nov 2018

Bothsiderism, John P. Casey

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The Different Kinds, And Effects, Of Stereotypes, Stacey Goguen Nov 2018

The Different Kinds, And Effects, Of Stereotypes, Stacey Goguen

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

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