Sunday, August 19, 2007

I beg the question

I hear far too often the phrase, "...that begs the question..."

Begging the question is a logical fallacy wherein one assumes one's conclusion, as in this example: "If these people are guilty and have shown no remorse for their crime, this can only mean that they are bad people, and this strengthens our conviction that they are guilty."

But saying something like, "What America needs is universal health coverage, but that begs the question, 'How will we pay for it?'"

It doesn't beg the question; it raises it.

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