The Philosopher’s Lexicon: Begging the Question

Stories & Soliloquies

Welcome back to The Philosopher’s Lexicon. My primary goal in this series is to explore common philosophical vocabulary, hopefully transforming these words from useless jargon into meaningful terms. My secondary goal is to highlight how contentious some of these terms can be – especially those which seem obvious. These definitions will not be comprehensive by any means, so please feel free to add your own understanding of each term as we go. 

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“Begging the question” is the one of the primary logical fallacies found in prose-driven arguments. You’ll often find it in a list containing reference to “ad hominem” (which means to attack the person you’re arguing against instead of their reasoning), “red herrings” (adding irrelevant details to confuse and derail an argument), and many others. While “begging the question” is one of the most popularly invoked fallacies, it’s so often misused in conversation that I’m almost willing to admit…

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~ by Sable Aradia on January 30, 2015.

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