>In epistemology, the Münchhausen trilemma is a thought experiment used to demonstrate the impossibility of proving any truth, even in the fields of logic and mathematics. If it is asked how any given proposition is known to be true, proof may be provided. Yet that same question can be asked of the proof, and any subsequent proof. The Münchhausen trilemma is that there are only three options when providing further proof in response to further questioning:

>The circular argument, in which the proof of some proposition is supported only by that proposition

>The regressive argument, in which each proof requires a further proof, ad infinitum

>The axiomatic argument, which rests on accepted precepts which are merely asserted rather than defended

>The circular argument, in which the proof of some proposition is supported only by that proposition

>The regressive argument, in which each proof requires a further proof, ad infinitum

>The axiomatic argument, which rests on accepted precepts which are merely asserted rather than defended