Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Begging The Question

Begging the Question

Begging the question presents circular arguments in which the conclusion is included in the premise of the argument.

Example of Begging the Question

  • Opium is known to put people to sleep because it contains soporific properties. This is the same as saying "Opium puts people to sleep because it has elements that put people to sleep."
  • Stocks are the best investment since every other investment is an inferior option. There is no explanation given as to why other investments are inferior.

Note

Alternative Name: Petitio Principii

This is a common fallacy.