On question-begging and analytic content

Synthese 197 (3):1149-1163 (2020)

Abstract

Among contemporary philosophers, there is widespread consensus that begging the question is a grave argumentative flaw. However, there is presently no satisfactory analysis of what this flaw consists of. Here, I defend a notion of question-begging in terms of analyticity. In particular, I argue that an argument begs the question just in case its conclusion is an analytic part of the conjunction of its premises.

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Zuma Samuel
Metropolitan State University
Samuel Elgin
University of California, San Diego

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Knowledge is Closed Under Analytic Content.Samuel Z. Elgin - 2021 - Synthese 199 (1-2):5339-5353.

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