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All German philosphers, except for Marx, are idealists.

From which of the following can the statement above be most properly inferred?

A) Except for Marx, if someone is an idealist philosopher, then he or she is German.
B) Marx is the only non-German philosopher who is an idealist.
C)If a German is an idealist, then he or she is a philosopher, as long as he or she is not Marx.
D)Marx is not an idealist German philosopher.
E)Aside from the philosopher Marx, if someone is a German, then he or she is an idealist

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30 May 2006, 21:28
changed to E from C..
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30 May 2006, 22:14
Go with D. Marx is a german philosopher, but he is not an idealist.

A - cast the net too wide (as long as you're an idealist philosopher, then he/she must be german)
B - Marx is not non-german
C - again, no relationship between a german idealist and a german philosopher.
E - same problem as A.
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30 May 2006, 22:27
I opted for D but OA is E.
E says,
Aside from the philosopher Marx, if someone is a German, then he or she is an idealist

Here it says if someone is german does not mean he or she is also philosopher.

Can anybody clarify how come E is choice but i prefer to stick with D.
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30 May 2006, 23:33
Yep E is the right answer ..
Consider this:
All German philosphers, except for Marx, are idealists.
i.e. if a philospher is german he's bound be an idealist with the exception of Marx.
In E also we are saying that aside for "philospher" Marx, if someone( implicit "philospher") is german. he'll be an idealist.
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31 May 2006, 00:33
Is philosoper implicit? Does not it mean we are adding our imgination to come to the OA? It is not accepted in GMAT. Right?

I guess D should be the answer.
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31 May 2006, 01:03
Okay I think I get it why OA is E.

Aside from x , y

That means we are comparing x with y that is similar things....

Hence aside from philosopher Marx, if someone(some philosopher) is.......
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31 May 2006, 01:53
kedarthumma wrote:
All German philosphers, except for Marx, are idealists.

From which of the following can the statement above be most properly inferred?

A) Except for Marx, if someone is an idealist philosopher, then he or she is German.
B) Marx is the only non-German philosopher who is an idealist.
C)If a German is an idealist, then he or she is a philosopher, as long as he or she is not Marx.
D)Marx is not an idealist German philosopher.
E)Aside from the philosopher Marx, if someone is a German, then he or she is an idealist
pls explain

I'm going to stick with D. In E, I'm not convinced that talking about someone German is necessarily talking about the philosophers.
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01 Jun 2006, 09:01
The OP got the answer choice wrong in E.

E)Aside from the philosopher Marx, if someone is a German philosopher, then he or she is an idealist

This makes E the clear winner.
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02 Jun 2006, 03:47
I agree with "jaynayak" .. in the usage aside from X,Y ... the similarity is obvious thus ...it makes the "philospher" implicit in the sentence ..
That's why ..gonna stick with E ...
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