Does the logical fallacy of begging the question apply to the following quote?

"He obviously didn't rape her. It was just a bunch of hot air. It was locker room talk. Boys will be boys! People should lighten up."

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  • Juana
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Begging the question is a form of circular reasoning:

    Claim X assumes X is true.

    Therefore, claim X is true.

    The claim, “he obviously didn't rape her” is supported by the premise, “it was locker room talk etc.”  The premise presupposes, or assumes, that the claim, “he obviously didn't rape her” is already true.

    • jesus1 month agoReport

      Thank you so much! This clarifies so much.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes the phrase begged and went away also swiftly.

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  • 2 months ago

    I'm going to change my answer on this to "I don't know".

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    • yet-knish!
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      I think it could be begging the question because those "reasons" aren't really reasons but simply other ways of saying that it wasn't rape.  

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