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Mother's journal balances baby's 1st steps, Civil War 'slaughter'

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Comments on Topix forums : History is often preserved by diary writers, begging the question: Who are the diary writers? The remarkable diary of Civil War-era homemaker and hostess Cornelia Henry might lead us ...

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#1 May 7, 2008
As a man of letters, Rob Neufeld should know that "begging the question" does not mean "demanding" or "requiring" the question. "Begging the question" is a logical error sometimes called "circular reasoning." As William Safire wrote in his "On Language" column in The New York Times, July 26, 1998, "To use to beg the question as a synonym for 'to call for the question' is a mistake. Why? It's a mistake because it is in error.(That's begging the question.)"

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