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    Circular arguments, begging the question and the formalization of argument strength

    Hahn, Ulrike and Oaksford, Michael and Corner, N. (2005) Circular arguments, begging the question and the formalization of argument strength. In: Russell, A. and Honkela, T. and Lagus, K. and Pöllä, M. (eds.) Proceedings of AMKLC'05, International Symposium on Adaptive Models of Knowledge, Language and Cognition. Helsinki University of Technoloty, pp. 34-40. ISBN 9789512277346.

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    Abstract

    Recently Oaksford and Hahn (2004) proposed a Bayesian reconstruction of a classic argumentation fallacy - Locke’s ‘argument from ignorance.’ Here this account is extended to what is probably the most well-known of all argumen- tation fallacies: circular reasoning or ‘begging the ques- tion’. A Bayesian analysis is shown to clarify when and where circular reasoning is good or bad, and how seem- ing paradoxes about circular reasoning from the informal reasoning literature can be resolved with a more precise notion of argumentation and argument strength.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, June 15-17, 2005
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 08:43
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 13:39
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16155

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