(urth) torturing BTQ

Adam Thornton adam at io.com
Thu Jul 23 08:18:28 PDT 2009

On Jul 23, 2009, at 9:32 AM, James Wynn wrote:

> For example, I could have said: "This is begging the question. How  
> does he know that?" That would have protected me from allegations of  
> BTQA, but the two phrases convey the same  meaning and the modified  
> form does not distort the etymological intent of the term (as I  
> understand it). Granted, the modified form is not "easier", but I  
> think reflexive outrage at the mere use of the term "begs the  
> question" is oversensitivity on the part of some logicians...which  
> is reason enough to use it.

Outraging logicians has never been a particularly good motivator for  
me.  I must be doing it wrong.


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