question the question

question the question
To ask that a proposed question’s presuppositions be explicitly justified, especially as a preliminary to answering it.

To say that a question is fallacious is to say that it is objectionable to the answerer because it is constructed to force him to accept a proposition that he should not.¹⁰ This problem is compounded if the question is also semantically complex. A semantically complex question is one that contains a connective, ‘and’, ‘or’, or ‘if–then’ in its presupposition. Once again, the answerer must question the question by requesting that the propositions in the presupposition be separated into units that he can reasonable deal with.


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