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Cocaine users are likely to become addicted because cocaine is an addictive drug.
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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 235 Total Answer Attempts   41%
 97 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 138 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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97 - Begging the Question
16 - Confusing Cause and Effect
13 - Hasty Generalization
12 - Biased Generalization
10 - Relativist Fallacy
8 - Appeal to Belief
8 - Post Hoc
7 - Red Herring
6 - Appeal to Fear
6 - Burden of Proof
5 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
4 - Guilt by Association
4 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
4 - Slippery Slope
4 - Appeal to Tradition
3 - Ignoring a Common Cause
3 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Fallacy of Division
3 - Poisoning the Well
3 - Appeal to Common Practice
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Special Pleading
2 - Personal Attack
2 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
2 - Misleading Vividness
1 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Spite
1 - False Dilemma
1 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Ridicule

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Is that statement really fallacious at all?
It seems more like a tautology. A redundant restatement. Like "I'm hairy because I have hair." A needless statement that's true by definition.

5.3.15 16:08 by Scythe
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Good point, I've seen many examples of begging the question which are essentially a restatement based on synonyms or definitions. But this is more of a tautology. Thanks!

5.4.15 05:59 by wikiworldorder
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