circularity

<logic, philosophy of science> reasoning that improperly assumes the truth of what is at issue. A circular argument implicitly employs its own conclusion as a premise. A circular definition defines an expression in terms of itself. The problem is that circular reasoning - however accurate - is bound to be uninformative.

[A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names]

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