Date: Mon, 19 Feb 1996 23:03:31 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: "Beg the question": NYT 2-fer
Thanks for adding the latest quotes (an interesting shortening of
quotations -- any time-depth of cites ( citations ) on that?: I ask only
because it has lately troubled me in formal contexts).
Howsomever, I think the examples are perhaps ambiguously open to
the first interpretation I would automatically assign to them: viz, "IGNORES
the question", i.e., presupposes an understanding or awareness of what the
questioned item is, thus leaving it unexamined or unquestioned, through
failure to raise it as an issue or term to be questioned. In this sense, I
do not find this a new meaning, but one that has been around quite a while.
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)