RIP Philo

begs the question

We have a private constructor, which actually _begs the question_ of how do we create this class.


A standard example of begging the question: "The Bible says God exists, and the Bible must be right since it is the revealed word of God, so God exists."
Permalink bogart 
March 11th, 2007 8:37pm

"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference."


"I believe that an orderly universe, one indifferent to human preoccupations, in which everything has an explanation even if we still have a long way to go before we find it, is a more beautiful, more wonderful place than a universe tricked out with capricious ad hoc magic."
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 11th, 2007 8:47pm
A class with a private constructor is normally instantiated by non-private a static member of the class.

The other alternative is that class is instantiated by a member (static or non-static) of a friend class.
March 11th, 2007 8:54pm
> Today, the phrase is also frequently seen in a different usage with the meaning "raise the question."

From the same wiki page.

'begs' to 'raises' seems a common conversion.
Permalink pedantry run amok 
March 11th, 2007 8:58pm

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