question the question

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“I must question your question: is it ‘what exactly did this 1470 fresco represent?’, or ‘what did it try to symbolize?’”


question the question (third-person singular simple present questions the question, present participle questioning the question, simple past and past participle questioned the question)

  1. To ask that a proposed question's presuppositions be explicitly justified, especially as a preliminary to answering it.
    • 1989, Douglas N. Walton, Informal Logic: A Handbook for Critical Argumentation (ISBN 0521379253, ISBN 9780521379250), page 58:
      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. 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.