, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 325-329

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Running in Circles about Begging the Question

  • D. A. TruncellitoAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, George Washington University

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In a published exchange, Richard Robinson and Roy A. Sorenson debate the matter of whether begging the question is a fallacy; Robinson thinks it is not, but Sorenson argues that it is. Norman Ten attempts to resolve this debate by making a distinction between begging the question and fallaciously begging the question. While Teng is right to note that Robinson and Sorenson are talking past each other, he incorrectly diagnoses the source of this miscommunication. In this paper, then, I offer what I take to be a more illuminating distinction “3; viz. that between logical and rhetorical fallacies “3; and employ that distinction to resolve the debate.

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