BEGGING THE QUESTION

n. an informal fallacy wherein the initial premise entails the final conclusion. In line with circular reasoning, it is the type wherein the proposition intended to be proven is already assumed for argument's sake. Thus, it is a way of entertaining the argument and exercising reasoning. Also called petitio principii, that is, assuming the initial point. See question begging- also theory begging.

BEGGING THE QUESTION: "Sometimes, begging the question can be overdone, and this is when you know that someone is simply reasoning in circles or arguing in a roundabout way."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BEGGING THE QUESTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/begging-the-question/ (accessed October 21, 2020).
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