Justification-affording circular arguments

Philosophical Studies 111 (3):251 - 275 (2002)
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Abstract

An argument whose conclusion C is essential evidence for one of its premises can provide its target audience with justification for believing C. This is possible because we can enhance our justification for believing a proposition C by integrating it into an explanatory network of beliefs for which C itself provides essential evidence. I argue for this in light of relevant features of doxastic circularity, epistemic circularity, and explanatory inferences. Finally, I confirm my argument with an example and respond to objections.

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Virtuous Circles.Michael P. Smith - 1987 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):207-220.
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