- Fallacies: Formal and Informal Fallacies
- Formal and Informal Fallacies
- Fallacies: Fallacy of Composition
- Fallacies: Fallacy of Division
- Division and Composition
- Fallacies: Introduction to Ad Hominem
- Fallacies: Ad Hominem
- Ad Hominem, Part 1
- Ad Hominem, Part 2
- Fallacies: Affirming the Consequent
- Fallacies: Denying the Antecedent
- Denying the Antecedent and Affirming the Consequent
- Fallacies: Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
- Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
- Fallacies: Appeal to the People
- Fallacies: Begging the Question
- Begging the Question
- Fallacies: Equivocation
- Fallacies: Straw Man Fallacy
- Fallacies: Slippery Slope
- Fallacies: Red Herring
In this video Matthew C. Harris of Duke University explains the informal logical fallacy called begging the question and the associated concept of circular reasoning.
Speaker: Matthew C. Harris, Duke University
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- What are the differences between begging the question and asking a question? I am confused because it seems to be the thin line between them.(9 votes)
- To beg the question as in a fallacy is to have a circular argument or have a dubious premise in your argument. This is an informal fallacy that's discussed in the video.
P1: A has a mass of 500 grams.
C: A has a mass of 0.5 kilograms.
This "begs the question" because P1 is saying exactly the same thing as the conclusion so nothing has really been proved.
To ask a question is to ask a question.
Why is the sky blue?
Sometimes when examining certain situations that come up in arguments, you might ask yourself certain questions that the situation calls for. This is also called "raising the question."
This is completely different from begging the question as in a fallacy, but sometimes people will says "This begs the question [...]" in place of "This raises the question [...]" This is confusing, but the part from1:20to2:00explains this well.
I hope this helps!(9 votes)
- Worst video of all. Not at all clear. And the narrator is in some sort of hurry. Maybe he has to take a class.(7 votes)
- Why do we have to raise the question?(2 votes)
- In the video (0:18-0:23) he says that Begging the Question is an informal logical fallacy, the flaw being in the content of the argument. But in the quiz on Begging the Question, the correct answer says that the flaw is in the form of the argument and not in the content. So I was just wondering whether it was an informal or formal logical fallacy.(4 votes)
- Sorry, English is not my first language so I am having a bit of trouble understanding this. So, begging the question means the same as having a circular reasoning. What does the "question" have to do with this? Or is this just an idiom, like "pulling a fast one"? Also, could someone explain to me the part that starts at0:50? I am confused. Does cheating mean the same as "begging the question"? :S(3 votes)
- I found this video that may help a little to explain begging the question in an entertaining and easy to understand manner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAXKc-rvMa8(1 vote)
- After viewing all the videos and answering the questions, why is it still not showing 100% complete?(1 vote)
- What is the difference between circular reasoning and begging the question?(1 vote)
- This may help you, I personally think it will. Enjoy!
- If I make an argument as follows, would it be reasoning in circles?
1. If God's very nature is to love, he can't act in contrary to his nature and hate anyone.
2. God is love
C: Therefore, God can't act in contrary to his nature and hate anyone.(1 vote)