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At many colleges today, regulations have been imposed that forbid the use in speech or print of language that “offends” or “insults” the members of any group, especially women and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. Although these regulations are defended in the name of “democracy,” they restrict freedom of speech and the press in a way that opposes the true spirit of democracy.

The argument above attempts to prove its case primarily by

(A) impugning the credentials of an opponent
(B) providing examples that support a theoretical principle
(C) taking advantage of inconsistencies in the definition of “democracy”
(D) revealing a contradiction in an opposing point of view
(E) appealing to the patriotic feelings of its audience
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01 Mar 2009, 02:35
D.
The argument is using a contrast to make a point.
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01 Mar 2009, 15:44
D.The argument is using a contrast to make a point.
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01 Mar 2009, 21:28
Agree with D

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02 Mar 2009, 06:55
OA is D
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03 Mar 2009, 05:25
can u pls dissect the case with 2 point of views and inbuild contradictions ..will help me to understand it .
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03 Mar 2009, 17:22
Can anybody please explain why not C?
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At many colleges today, regulations have been imposed that forbid the use in speech or print of language that “offends” or “insults” the members of any group, especially women and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. Although these regulations are defended in the name of “democracy,” they restrict freedom of speech and the press in a way that opposes the true spirit of democracy.

The argument above attempts to prove its case primarily by
(A) impugning the credentials of an opponent
(B) providing examples that support a theoretical principle
(C) taking advantage of inconsistencies in the definition of “democracy”
(D) revealing a contradiction in an opposing point of view
(E) appealing to the patriotic feelings of its audience

Conclusion: regulations have been imposed that forbid the use in speech or print of language
Evidence: Although these regulations are defended in the name of “democracy
Regulations restrict X and Y in a way that opposes the true spirit of democracy

Clearly the argument is proved by second portion. The although clause in evidence should be avoided.

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04 Mar 2009, 18:30
thanks. +1
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01 Feb 2010, 07:53
I am not convinced with the Answer D.

Whats the "opposing point of view" here ? ".. these regulations are defended in the name of “democracy" would mean that the regulations are protected/supported by democratic rules.. so this is actually a supporting view.. the fact that it does have a contradiction is a different thing.

(D) should have read "revealing a contradiction in a supporting point of view". Wotsay ?
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I see what you're saying about C but I don't think it's the best answer here for a couple of reasons. "Democracy" isn't defined by its protection of free speech or free press but "the spirit of democracy" could be. Secondly, for the passage to be taking advantage of inconsistencies in the definition of democracy, it would need to call two separate definitions of "democracy" that clearly contradict each other. I don't think the passage is attempting to make that distinction. Instead, I think, its invoking the general understanding of "the spirit of democracy" and arguing partial censorship opposes that concept.
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01 Feb 2010, 09:17
coakleym wrote:
I see what you're saying about C but I don't think it's the best answer here for a couple of reasons. "Democracy" isn't defined by its protection of free speech or free press but "the spirit of democracy" could be. Secondly, for the passage to be taking advantage of inconsistencies in the definition of democracy, it would need to call two separate definitions of "democracy" that clearly contradict each other. I don't think the passage is attempting to make that distinction. Instead, I think, its invoking the general understanding of "the spirit of democracy" and arguing partial censorship opposes that concept.

C is not convincing either. I think none of the answers is a clear winner. A un-gmat like question would you say?
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01 Feb 2010, 09:28
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C is not convincing either. I think none of the answers is a clear winner. A un-gmat like question would you say?

Not sure. I like D and think its the best answer to the question but yeah, I agree, its definitely not the most straightforward of CR questions.
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Can anybody please explain why not C?

C is not good because Democracy is not defined in the paragraph. C is outside the scope of the question. The question writer is hoping you use outside knowledge and information. You can only use the information provided. i hope that helps.
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01 Feb 2010, 15:46
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11 Feb 2010, 15:06
Somehow I think the correct ans should be (C):

Regulators say that any offensive or insulting language should be forbidden in the name of democracy.

Author of the argument contends that in no way should the freedom of speech be restricted, because doing so would oppose true spirit of democracy

Regulators and author have different perceptions of what democracy might mean.

Author uses ambiguous nature of term "democracy" to prove his point.
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12 Feb 2010, 20:52
pmal04 wrote:
Can anybody please explain why not C?

The question if anything is expaining the inconsistencies in "freedom of speech" than in democracy --
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01 Apr 2010, 00:18
kaptain wrote:
I am not convinced with the Answer D.

Whats the "opposing point of view" here ? ".. these regulations are defended in the name of “democracy" would mean that the regulations are protected/supported by democratic rules.. so this is actually a supporting view.. the fact that it does have a contradiction is a different thing.

(D) should have read "revealing a contradiction in a supporting point of view". Wotsay ?

The author clearly supports that there should be “no” restriction on speech or print of language. The opposing point of view is what is actually implemented at many colleges today (there ‘are’ restrictions). The author reveals contradiction in that opposing point of view (by explaining democracy).
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05 Apr 2010, 02:34
D is better than C.
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06 Feb 2011, 18:10
certainly d is the right ans.
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