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Begging the Question
This is also called Petitio principii.
The often-abused expression
begging the question
has a specific meaning in logic, which is this:
It is the fallacy in which the conclusion in assumed to be
true inside the premise.
- Proposition A encompasses Proposition B.
- Therefore Proposition B is deemed true. ]]
I think therefore I am. - René Descartes.
Here there is an unstated conclusion in the premise, because
one cannot think unless one is.
I can see you therefore I am not blind.
It confuses the conclusion and the premise, or they are the same.