Question-Begging Arguments as Ones That Do Not Extend Knowledge

Philosophy and Progress 65 (1):125-144 (2019)
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In this article, I propose a formal criterion that distinguishes between deductively valid arguments that do and do not beg the question. I define the concept of a Never-failing Minimally Competent Knower (NMCK) and suggest that an argument begs the question just in case it cannot possibly assist an NMCK in extending his or her knowledge.

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Rainer Ebert
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

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