An argument that
goes nowhere. Though
a person believes he or she is arguing a point, the argument does not progress because
the individual provides the same point for the effect as he/she does for the cause (i.e., the effect is just
the cause stated in different words). In short, what is given as the effect is already made
obvious--either overtly or implicitly--by
the supporting reason provided.
To say, "I didn't like that
it was really bad," is to provide a premise in support of the opinion that
goes without saying
. It goes without saying that
if one does not like the movie, he/she will not believe
the movie is good. Likewise, statements such as "I am Bainz, so I am drunk," "I enjoy listening to music when I study because
music helps me to study," and "I wear Fant-Ho shades because
they're the best shades
" are equally
circular in nature. A true
argument would supply
explains WHY Bainz is always drunk, HOW music helps the person's study habits, and WHAT makes Fant-Ho shades
better than other brands.
Dumb people write circular arguments.