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Review of Jeff Mason, Philosophical Rhetoric
(Penn State University Press, 1990)
Question-Begging Under a Non-Foundational Model of Argument
(Springer Verlag, 1994)
I find (as others have found) that question-begging is formally valid but rationally unpersuasive. More precisely, itought to be unpersuasive, although it can often persuade. Despite its formal validity, question-begging ...