Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Begging The Question, The Weblog

Begging The Question:

From this blog's FAQ page:

"Q: Blogs are just a waste of time. I don't like to waste my time. Therefore, I won't read your blog.

A: That's not a question, but it is a good example of an argument that begs the question."

The authors of this blog understand that 'beg the question' does not mean 'raise the question.' They understand that to beg the question is to argue in circular fashion: to assume the proposition at issue, the proposition to be proven. Exercise for the reader: does the above argument beg the question?