Circular Reasoning Examples

Circular Reasoning

When we attempt to argue a point, we have many techniques available to us. One of these is circular reasoning.

Circular reasoning is when you attempt to make an argument by beginning with an assumption that what you are trying to prove is already true. In your premise, you already accept the truth of the claim you are attempting to make. It sounds complicated, but it is easily understood with some real-world examples.

Circular reasoning may sound convincing, but consider who will most likely be convinced by a circular argument. Those who already accept the argument as true are more likely to be further convinced. This is because they already believe the assumption that is stated.

Examples of Circular Reasoning:

The Bible is true, so you should not doubt the Word of God.

This argument rests on your prior acceptance of the Bible as truth.

Women should be able to choose to terminate a pregnancy, so abortion should be legal.

This argument says abortion should be legal because women have the right to an abortion.

I deserve to have a later curfew, so you should let me stay out until 10pm!

This argument says the person should stay out until 10pm because he/she deserves a later curfew.

You have to invite Jenna to your party because it would not be nice not to invite Jenna.

You have to save enough money to pay your bills each month because bills have to be paid.

It should be okay to destroy property when you are angry because angry people destroy things.

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