Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Begging the Question: If you don't like it, leave!
The suggestion that, "If you don't like the rules here, then you can always leave!" appears to begs the question, or "reason in a circle"; which is to say, it must assume from the start that the "rules" are legitimate in the first place, which is the very proposition which is in dispute.
If the question being asked is, "Are the rules legitimate?" or alternatively, if the assertion is made, "The rules are not legitimate," the response of, "If you don't like the rules, then you can leave." ignores that the question which is being asked is questioning the very premise that the suggestion/imperative of, "If you don't like the rules here, then you can always leave!" must assume to make the statement.
Therefore, the only logical response to someone uncomfortable with the question, or in disagreement with the assertion, is to rationally justify why the "rules" are legitimate.
For, if the "rules" are illegitimate, then why does the person who is violated by those "rules", have to leave, and not the 'rule-maker'/violator?