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begging the question


She is begging the question rather than responding to my objection.
  a logical fallacy or error in reasoning when the conclusion of an argument is assumed in one of the premises

or another recent usage that is discouraged:

a way of saying that something "raises the question"  (usually used in the form, "begs the question")
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This would be an example of "begging the question":

"It’s a free country, so you don’t have the right to tell me I can’t publish that."

In fact there are things that would be illegal to print. For example libel laws may make it illegal to publish false and malicious information. Treason laws may make it illegal to publish national secrets. In saying "it’s a free country", the speaker is acting as though there are no exceptions to the right of free speech and attempting to use that assumption as a basis for his conclusion.

This may also be referred to as "circular reasoning."  Aristotle is thought to have first used the Latin term for this fallacy (petitio principii).
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Samples:
  • She is begging the question rather than responding to my objection.
  • We no longer have time to atomize principles and beg the question.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I am not begging the question we are upon—whether we are to try for nothing till we find immaculate men to work with.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And she would be unfair, beg the question, if a quarrel did spring up; she would cry.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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  • And she would be unfair, beg the question, if a quarrel did spring up; she would cry.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • She shook the hair again from her eyes, as if brushing away something she did not want to think about, and said, begging the question, "Well, we can’t go on like this, can we?"
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
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Associated words [difficulty]:   begging the question [8] , non sequitur [7] , red herring [7] , ad hominem [9] , circular reasoning [9] , straw man [9]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Logic & Reasoning, Philosophy, Human Behavior
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