(urth) torturing BTQ
lhaygood at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 08:30:20 PDT 2009
Outraging logicians is never a good idea. We come armed with syllogisms.
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On Jul 23, 2009, at 10:18 AM, Adam Thornton <adam at io.com> wrote:
> 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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