(urth) torturing BTQ
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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