- Why do scholars who should know better continue to use "begs the
question" when they mean "raises the question"? I have come to expect
that solecism from television news readers, but not from the learned
Isn't "pre-existing" a perfectly clear concept? E.g., "He had a pre-
existing condition that caused his heart attack," or "The windowless
monad that is sufficient for Jesus pre-existed Jesus and is eternal."
Both statements, of course, depend upon a particular set of beliefs
about the way things are, but cash out as A causes B.