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A museum directors, in order to finance expensive new [#permalink]
03 Apr 2005, 20:22
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A museum directors, in order to finance expensive new acquisitions, discreetly sold some paintings by major artists. All of them were paintings that the director privately considered inferior.
Critics roundly condemned the sale, charging that the museum had lost first-rate pieces, thereby violating its duty as a trustee of art for future generations. A few months after being sold by the museum, those paintings were resold, in an otherwise stagnant art market, at two to three times the prices paid to the museum. Clearly, these prices settle the issue, since they demonstrate the correctness of the criticsâ€™ evaluation.
The reasoning in the argument is vulnerable to the criticism that the argument does which one of the following?
(A) It concludes that a certain opinion is correct on the grounds that it is held by more people than hold the opposing views.
(B) It rejects the judgment of the experts in an area in which there is no better guide to the truth than expert judgment.
(C) It rejects a proven means of accomplishing an objective without offering any alternative means of accomplishing that objective.
(D) It bases a firm conclusion about a state of affairs in the present on somewhat speculative claims about a future state of affairs.
(E) It bases its conclusion on facts that could, in the given situation, have resulted from causes other than those presupposed by the argument.
E) It bases its conclusion (higher prices give the critics right) on facts (critics evaluation) that could, in the given situation, have resulted from causes other (painter bought his painting back despite the evaluation of the critics) than those presupposed by the argument.
A) is out because we dont know how many take an opposing view and how many prefer the opinion. we know that that there are some critics (how many ???) and there is a director, but maybe some people share the view of the director.
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Re: A museum directors, in order to finance expensive new [#permalink]
17 Dec 2014, 22:28
I understand that (E) is correct, but I don't understand why (D) is incorrect. The argument does appear to rely on "somewhat speculative claims about a future state of affairs" since the high prices were settled at a time later than when the "experts" remark that the museum had lost first-rate pieces.
Re: A museum directors, in order to finance expensive new
17 Dec 2014, 22:28