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June 9, 2022

Explore the circular reasoning fallacy, which occurs when the end of an argument comes back to the start without having proven itself.


It’s 1990. A prospective student has filed a complaint about Virginia Military institute’s admissions policy that excludes women. The state argues that VMI’s single sex education is an “important governmental objective” and that the exclusion of women from VMI is essential to that objective. Can you spot the problem with this argument? Elizabeth Cox explores the circular reasoning fallacy.

Lesson by Elizabeth Cox, directed by TOGETHER.

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