The Magic Box

Davdi Silverrock davdisil at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 12:56:01 PST 2006

On 1/4/06, Philip Hart <philiph at slac.stanford.edu> wrote:

> This point was a bit humorous - look up "begging the question", e.g.
> in wikipedia.

Ah, prescription versus description.  An ancient argument.

I am in favor of dropping the phrase entirely, since it is on the one
hand misused, and on the other, misunderstood.  Say "X raises the
question" for the common usage, and "your argument assumes its own
conclusions" for the "proper" usage.

But I guess that's my own prescriptivism trying to deal with the
problem by annihilating it.