(urth) torturing BTQ

Lane Haygood 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.
> Adam
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