What is the "true" meaning of "to beg the question?" Well, it depends on what you mean by "true." Today, "to beg the question" most commonly is used as a synonym for "to raise the question," but historically, "beg the question" had a very different meaning. It involved neither "begging" nor a "question," but rather, a philosophical fallacy of circular reasoning. The expression--or rather, the meaning of the expression--can be traced all the way back to Aristotle. Over the course of about two thousand years, a series of mistranslations and semantic corruptions have resulted in "beg the question's" modern "misusage."
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