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# Although it’s a common perception that philosophy has no practical app

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Updated on: 01 Oct 2018, 08:10
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Although it’s a common perception that philosophy has no practical application to the real world, history suggests otherwise. In fact, the word “philosophy” itself derives from the Greek roots philos, meaning “love”, and sophos, which means “wisdom”. Taken together, the word “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom.”

The bolded phrases play which of the following roles in the argument above?

A. The first phrase states the conclusion and the second phrase offers support for that conclusion.

B. The first phrase introduces evidence supporting a conclusion, and the second phrase contains that evidence.

C. The first phrase contains an objection to a common perception, and the second phrase offers support for that objection.

D. The first phrase states a premise on which the conclusion is based, and the second phrase offers a supporting definition.

E. The first phrase defines a word crucial to the argument, and the second phrase states the conclusion.

Originally posted by IEsailor on 25 Oct 2009, 08:55.
Last edited by Bunuel on 01 Oct 2018, 08:10, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.
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26 Oct 2009, 02:13
IEsailor wrote:
11. Although it’s a common perception that philosophy has no practical application to the real world, history suggests otherwise. In fact, the word “philosophy” itself derives from the Greek roots philos, meaning “love”, and sophos, which means “wisdom”. Taken together, the word “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom.”

The bolded phrases play which of the following roles in the argument above?

The first phrase states the conclusion and the second phrase offers support for that conclusion.
The first phrase introduces evidence supporting a conclusion, and the second phrase contains that evidence.
The first phrase contains an objection to a common perception, and the second phrase offers support for that objection.
The first phrase states a premise on which the conclusion is based, and the second phrase offers a supporting definition.
The first phrase defines a word crucial to the argument, and the second phrase states the conclusion.

Choose C here.

First contains objection - history suggests otherwise. Second supports that objection.
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23 May 2012, 04:46
IMO C,

Fastest way to arrive at C is that C is only option that does not mention the word "conclusion". There is, in fact, no conclusion in the given argument.

The first phrase states the conclusion and the second phrase offers support for that conclusion.
first one is not a conclusion, it is just a statement made without any support. It is a premise.

The first phrase introduces evidence supporting a conclusion, and the second phrase contains that evidence.
Same as above

The first phrase contains an objection to a common perception, and the second phrase offers support for that objection.
Correct

The first phrase states a premise on which the conclusion is based, and the second phrase offers a supporting definition.
Same as first

The first phrase defines a word crucial to the argument, and the second phrase states the conclusion.
2nd is not a conclusion
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10 Jan 2018, 03:41
C---
1st part shattering assumption/common perception
2nd part is further explaining or supporting 1st bold part
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01 Oct 2018, 08:13
IEsailor wrote:
Although it’s a common perception that philosophy has no practical application to the real world, history suggests otherwise. In fact, the word “philosophy” itself derives from the Greek roots philos, meaning “love”, and sophos, which means “wisdom”. Taken together, the word “philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom.”

The bolded phrases play which of the following roles in the argument above?

A. The first phrase states the conclusion and the second phrase offers support for that conclusion.

B. The first phrase introduces evidence supporting a conclusion, and the second phrase contains that evidence.

C. The first phrase contains an objection to a common perception, and the second phrase offers support for that objection.

D. The first phrase states a premise on which the conclusion is based, and the second phrase offers a supporting definition.

E. The first phrase defines a word crucial to the argument, and the second phrase states the conclusion.

800score Official Explanation:

This question asks you to identify the reasoning in an argument. The argument begins by stating a common perception, and then objects to that perception, while the second sentence contains information supporting the objection. The bolded phrases contain the author’s objection to the common perception (first phrase) and a definition used in support of the author’s objection (second phrase). Choice C is the most accurate description of the roles played by these phrases. Choice A is inaccurate in that the first phrase does not actually state the author’s conclusion. Choice B inaccurately suggests that the first phrase is merely an introduction to evidence, instead of an objection to an idea. Choice D incorrectly labels the first phrase a premise. Choice E is a reversal of the correct answer. Choice C correctly identifies the roles played by the two phrases, and is the best answer.
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