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Argument from force. A threat of punishment for not believing the right thing.
 
Argument from force. A threat of punishment for not believing the right thing.
  
This is an emotional argument, not a logical one. The person making the threat is making no argument for the truth of their belief. This fallacy is related to the [[argument from adverse consequences]].
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This is an emotional argument, not a logical one. The person making the threat is making no argument for the truth of their belief. This fallacy is related to the [[argument from adverse consequences]] (the adverse consequence in question being punishment).
  
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==

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Argument from force. A threat of punishment for not believing the right thing.

This is an emotional argument, not a logical one. The person making the threat is making no argument for the truth of their belief. This fallacy is related to the argument from adverse consequences (the adverse consequence in question being punishment).

Examples

  • "Give me all your money or I'll kill you."
  • "If you don't believe in God, you'll go to hell when you die."
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