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If Blankenship Enterprises has to switch suppliers in the middle of a large production run, the company will not show a profit for the year. Therefore, if Blankenship Enterprises in fact turns out to show no profit for the year, it will also turn out to be true that the company had to switch suppliers during a large production run.
The reasoning in the argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which one of the following grounds?

(A) The argument is a circular argument made up of an opening claim followed by a conclusion that merely paraphrases that claim.
(B) The argument fails to establish that a condition under which a phenomenon is said to occur is the only condition under which that phenomenon occurs.
(C) The argument involves an equivocation, in that the word “profit” is allowed to shift its meaning during the course of the argument.
(D) The argument erroneously uses an exceptional, isolated case to support a universal conclusion.
(E) The argument explains one event as being caused by another event, even though both events must actually have been caused by some third, unidentified event.
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25 Sep 2005, 13:02
B. the argument fails to show that reason of no profit is only the swith of suppliers.
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25 Sep 2005, 15:34
B. The argument fails to prove that replacing suppliers is the only reason of no profit.
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25 Sep 2005, 21:39
I think it is B
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26 Sep 2005, 04:25
B, clearly.

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26 Sep 2005, 06:05
B too - a classic in CR

A->B does not mean that in any cases B comes from A, B may also come from C
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26 Sep 2005, 06:42
IMO B
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26 Sep 2005, 07:10
It is a clear B for me.
What is the OA?
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26 Sep 2005, 07:23
A clear B.

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26 Sep 2005, 07:28
Clearly B. pure logic question for CR.
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26 Sep 2005, 12:01
B is OA. I leaned toward B as well, but couldn't effectively rule out A. Why isn't this circular?
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26 Sep 2005, 15:46
eastcoaster9 wrote:
B is OA. I leaned toward B as well, but couldn't effectively rule out A. Why isn't this circular?

IMO, a circular argument is something like "A is B because A is B".

However, what the author says in the article is ;

- Switching suppliers(A) => No profit(B)
- No profit(B) => suppliers(A)

Here, the author considers "A=B" as "B=A".
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27 Sep 2005, 02:20
gamjatang wrote:
eastcoaster9 wrote:
B is OA. I leaned toward B as well, but couldn't effectively rule out A. Why isn't this circular?

IMO, a circular argument is something like "A is B because A is B".

However, what the author says in the article is ;

- Switching suppliers(A) => No profit(B)
- No profit(B) => suppliers(A)

Here, the author considers "A=B" as "B=A".

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