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Reviewer: The Plain Truth , a biography of the philosopher

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Reviewer: The Plain Truth , a biography of the philosopher Socrates, states that Socrates was both very wise and very poor. The book must be incorrect, because a man possessing such wisdom would surely find a way to avoid poverty.

Which of the following best shows the most significant flaw in the reviewer's argument?

-Every individual who is wise desires to be a philosopher.
-Socrates would not have been executed by the city of Athens if he had not been influential.
-Conceptions of wealth vary over time, and what is now considered poor would have been very wealthy in Socrates' time.
-Many people who are considered wise are too preoccupied with pursuing wisdom to care about their economic status.
-Although Socrates was not wealthy, he had many wealthy friends who willingly took care of him.

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Re: Poor Socrates [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 08:02
Reviewer thinks a wise man would work to find a way to avoid poverty. We need to counter attack this sentence to show it is flawed.

A. Every individual who is wise desires to be a philosopher.
>> Not relevant
B. Socrates would not have been executed by the city of Athens if he had not been influential.
>> Not relevant.
C. Conceptions of wealth vary over time, and what is now considered poor would have been very wealthy in Socrates' time.
>> Not relevant.
D. Many people who are considered wise are too preoccupied with pursuing wisdom to care about their economic status.
>> Yes. This shows that not every wise person works to get out of poverty. And so this shows that significant flaw in argument.
E. Although Socrates was not wealthy, he had many wealthy friends who willingly took care of him.
>> Not relevant.

D it is.
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Re: Poor Socrates [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 08:33
Very straightforward answer. D.

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Reviewer: The Plain Truth , a biography of the philosopher Socrates, states that Socrates was both very wise and very poor. The book must be incorrect, because a man possessing such wisdom would surely find a way to avoid poverty.

Which of the following best shows the most significant flaw in the reviewer's argument?

-Every individual who is wise desires to be a philosopher. Irrelevant
-Socrates would not have been executed by the city of Athens if he had not been influential. VERY Irrelevant.
-Conceptions of wealth vary over time, and what is now considered poor would have been very wealthy in Socrates' time. Shell Game. This states that he might not have actually been poor
-Many people who are considered wise are too preoccupied with pursuing wisdom to care about their economic status. Correct. Provides alternate explanation and hence points out flaw.
-Although Socrates was not wealthy, he had many wealthy friends who willingly took care of him. Irrelevant

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Re: Poor Socrates [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 13:52
D

question says : ..... surely find a way to avoid poverty
D ... shows they are not even seeking wealth.
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Re: Poor Socrates [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 18:37
Straightforward option D.
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Re: Poor Socrates [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 11:17
D for me. It explains the fact that a wise man does not necessarily wants to be rich and so Socrates could have been poor which makes the book correct.
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