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one more thing I believe [Apr. 8th, 2011|12:49 pm]
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I have come to believe that it is time to give up on the original meaning of the phrase "beg the question." Outside of philosophy classrooms, it is overwhelmingly more likely to be used to mean "raises the question" than "commits a fallacy of presumption." And looking at the meanings of component words, it's easy to see how this phrase would apply in a situation where you say something that practically begs for someone to ask a follow-up question. But I've never understood how begging or questions were involved in situations where you make an argument that uses its own conclusion as one of its starting premises.

I'm holding fast on the original meaning of "literally," though.
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[User Picture]From: roman_mclaze
2011-04-08 06:14 pm (UTC)
Don't give up the fight!
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[User Picture]From: tyopsqueene
2011-04-08 06:42 pm (UTC)
Noooooooooo! It gives me such a warm feeling of smugness! Don't take that from me!
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[User Picture]From: crankyliberal
2011-04-08 09:19 pm (UTC)
the queene is right!
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[User Picture]From: samethreechords
2011-04-10 02:24 am (UTC)
I bet you guys still hang on to "whom" for dear life.
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[User Picture]From: kazulrw
2011-04-08 10:37 pm (UTC)
SIGH. :(
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[User Picture]From: hatgrlstargazer
2011-04-09 05:21 am (UTC)
I think I am with you on both points.
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[User Picture]From: loree_borealis
2011-04-10 06:08 pm (UTC)
Considering I am not familiar with the original meaning of "begs the question," and therefore have no particular attachment to it, I am with you on this. I'd also be fine with losing the phrase altogether and replacing it with something less controversial, like "this leads me to ask," or something to that effect.
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