Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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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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 1,352 Total Answer Attempts   39%
 521 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 831 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

521 - Begging the Question
117 - Burden of Proof
55 - Hasty Generalization
51 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
42 - Post Hoc
40 - False Dilemma
40 - Confusing Cause and Effect
37 - Appeal to Tradition
36 - Fallacy of Composition
36 - Relativist Fallacy
34 - Appeal to Belief
30 - Biased Generalization
29 - Genetic Fallacy
25 - Appeal to Popularity
24 - Red Herring
24 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
22 - Appeal to Common Practice
22 - Gambler's Fallacy
19 - Fallacy of Division
18 - Ad Hominem
17 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
16 - Poisoning the Well
16 - Slippery Slope
16 - Misleading Vividness
13 - Appeal to Ridicule
10 - Ignoring a Common Cause
8 - Appeal to Novelty
7 - Appeal to Spite
6 - Special Pleading
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Personal Attack
4 - Middle Ground
3 - Guilt by Association
3 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Emotion
1 - Appeal to Pity

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