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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Begging the Question
Petitio Principii

AKA Circular Reasoning, Reasoning in a Circle

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

Begging the Question is a fallacy in which the premises include the claim that the conclusion is true or (directly or indirectly) assume that the conclusion is true. This sort of "reasoning" typically has the following form.

  1. Premises in which the truth of the conclusion is claimed or the truth of the conclusion is assumed (either directly or indirectly).
  2. Claim C (the conclusion) is true.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because simply assuming that the conclusion is true (directly or indirectly) in the premises does not constitute evidence for that conclusion. Obviously, simply assuming a claim is true does not serve as evidence for that claim. This is especially clear in particularly blatant cases: "X is true. The evidence for this claim is that X is true."

Some cases of question begging are fairly blatant, while others can be extremely subtle.

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 645 Total Answer Attempts   47%
 303 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 342 Incorrectly Un/Popped
posted by wikiworldorder     

Most Common Responses

 
303 - Begging the Question
30 - Appeal to Common Practice
23 - Hasty Generalization
20 - Appeal to Belief
17 - Burden of Proof
16 - Appeal to Popularity
16 - Misleading Vividness
15 - Relativist Fallacy
14 - Fallacy of Composition
13 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
13 - Confusing Cause and Effect
13 - Post Hoc
13 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
13 - Biased Generalization
12 - Appeal to Novelty
12 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
9 - Special Pleading
8 - Gambler's Fallacy
8 - Ignoring a Common Cause
8 - Genetic Fallacy
7 - Red Herring
6 - Slippery Slope
6 - Appeal to Tradition
5 - Ad Hominem
5 - False Dilemma
5 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Middle Ground
4 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Appeal to Emotion
4 - Appeal to Flattery
4 - Poisoning the Well
4 - Appeal to Ridicule
3 - Peer Pressure
3 - Fallacy of Division
2 - Guilt by Association
1 - Personal Attack
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Pity

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