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  • adjective Not circular.


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non- +‎ circular


  • For instance, Mercury's orbital eccentricity (eccentricity is a measure of how stretched and noncircular an orbit is) may "increase to the point at which it intersects the orbit of Venus, setting the stage for catastrophe," notes Laughlin.

    When Worlds Collide

  • This definition of intelligence as the causal factors responsible for changes in probabilities or, equivalently, for net increases in information is noncircular and, on reflection, should seem unproblematic.

    A Third Choice (ID Hypothesis)

  • However, he was aware that "a celestial body endowed with noncircular motion" ¦ was a threat to the Copernican system.

    Barney Teaches a "Scientific Fact"

  • A noncircular orbit has a quadrupole moment which can produce gravity waves — distrubances in spacetime which radiate out as waves.

    A Dark, Misleading Force

  • Memory beliefs too, sadly enough, are uncredentialed; there is no way, as far as I can see anyway, in which one can show, in an epistemically noncircular way, that memory is reliable.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • We are to engage in the following thought experiment: try to see what it would be rational to do if you didn't already believe in the reliability of SP or CMP, knew that there are no good noncircular arguments for their reliability, and (correctly) believed that it is up to you whether you engage in those practices: under those conditions, would it be rational to continue in forming beliefs the SP or CMP way?

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • He pays the same compliment to SP, however: we can't give a good noncircular argument for its reliability either.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • Therefore they too are uncredentialed; we can't give an epistemically noncircular argument for the reliability of reason, for in giving such an argument, obviously enough, we would be obliged to rely upon reason.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • Alston concedes that we can't give a good noncircular argument for the claim that CMP is in fact reliable.

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • He couldn't give an epistemically noncircular argument for the reliability of his ways of forming beliefs; for the beliefs constituting the premises of any such argument would themselves have been formed in those ways.

    Warranted Christian Belief


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