Pseudo-question

In contrast to a question wherein we are open to being surprised, the British philosopher Charles Taylor wrote “pseudo-questions" as masquerading assertions.  From a deliberative perspective, to see one individual ask another individual a sincerely held question in openness is a beautiful and rare event.  

As Jeff Golden writes, “ask real questions, not simply spout off opinions with question marks stuck onto the end. We all know how that works. Despite what we learned in high school grammar classes, sentences beginning with ‘Oh, come on now, do you actually believe …’ don’t qualify as questions.”

 

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