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What is circular reasoning?
Circular reasoning is when:
You claim something without proof
You start and end with the same point
Ways to Explain Circular Reasoning
it assumes what it seeks to establish
presupposes the truth of what it sets out to prove
it takes for granted the very claim that it sets out to establish (LSAT).
"You can't give me a 'C'! I'm an 'A' student!" (Bennett).
George Washington is the most successful president we've ever had. Why?
He's the best president in history.
"The belief in God is universal. After all, everyone believes in God" (Nizkor)
The Bible is perfect because it is God's word.
Dilbert & Circular Reasoning
Bennett, Bo. "Circular Reasoning." Logically Fallacious. Archieboy Holdings, 2013. Web. 05 Oct. 2015.
"LSAT Logical Reasoning: Flawed Reasoning - Circular Reasoning." PowerScore Test Preparation. PowerScore, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2015.
Nizkor. "Fallacy: Begging the Question." Fallacy: Begging the Question. Nizkor Project, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2015.
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