beg the question


beg the question

The objection is that the argument begs the question, meaning that the premise, that God has all the virtues, assumes the conclusion, that God is benevolent.

b) To raise or prompt a question.

Three people were hurt in the fire at the warehouse last night, which begs the question: what were they doing there in the first place?


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  • beg the question — In philosophy to beg the question is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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  • beg the question — 1. To avoid giving an answer 2. To assume that the thing to be proved is already true in one of the premises, or in part of the proof (logic) 3. To raise an issue for debate (non standard) • • • Main Entry: ↑beg …   Useful english dictionary

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  • beg the question —    In philosophy to beg the question is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • beg the question — 1. if a statement or situation begs the question, it causes you to ask a particular question. It s all very well talking about extra staff but it rather begs the question of how we re going to pay for them. 2. if something that someone says begs… …   New idioms dictionary

  • beg the question — 1) to make you want to know the answer to a particular question If she got caught stealing money and she s still here, it begs the question: What would she have to do to get fired? 2) formal to discuss a problem, issue, or fact as if it… …   English dictionary

  • beg the question — {v. phr.}, {literary} To accept as true something that is still being argued about, before it is proved true; avoid or not answer a question or problem. * /The girls asked Miss Smith if they should wear formal dresses to the party; Miss Smith… …   Dictionary of American idioms


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