Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
  (adj)     (noun)

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People have been trying for centuries to prove that God exists. But no one has yet been able to prove it. Therefore, God does not exist.
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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 1,119 Total Answer Attempts   38%
 429 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 690 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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