Münchhausen Trilemma Explains Common Tropes of Arguments

The Münchhausen trilemma occurs when attempting to prove anything to be true. Such attempts fall into three tropes—a circular argument which supports itself (A <-> B), a regressive argument where the proof requires further proof infinitely (“why?” x infinity), and a dogmatic argument which relies on an assertion which is not defended (“because”).

A good example is conspiracy theories—it’s not useful to argue with someone about because it will inevitably fall into one of these tropes.

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