Circular Reasoning (Logic)

Circular reasoning is supporting of a premise with the premise rather than a conclusion. In other words, it is the practice of assuming something, in order to prove the very thing that you assumed. It is a form of logical fallacy. Other terms for circular reasoning include circular argument, vicious circle, circulus in probando.

  • “Don’t confuse me with facts because my mind is already made up.”
  • “You should exercise because it’s good for you”
  • 'Circular reasoning can be used to prove anything.'
  • 'The Bible must be historically true - this verse says it is the word of God!'
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