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# Genuine happiness consists not in pleasurable feelings but instead in

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Genuine happiness consists not in pleasurable feelings but instead in one's sense of approval of one's character and projects. Thus the happy life, in fact, tends to be thegood life, where the good life is understood not as it usually is these days--as a life of material well-being but rather as a morally virtuous life.

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

(A) A morally virtuous life requires the rejection of material well-being.

(B) People who approve of their own character and projects tend to lead morally virtuous lives.

(C) Approval of one's own character and projects tends not to result in pleasurable feelings.

(D) Attaining happiness is the real goal of people who strive for material well-being.

(E) Material well-being does not increase one's sense of approval of one's character and projects.

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Originally posted by AshutoshB on 02 Sep 2018, 20:13.
Last edited by Bunuel on 24 Sep 2018, 04:27, edited 2 times in total.
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02 Sep 2018, 20:16
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GMATNinja, could you please help me to understand how E is incorrect because when negated argument fails
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02 Sep 2018, 20:21
Is the OA B?
In the question it says one's sense of approval of one's character and projects which is what is given in option B.
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22 Sep 2018, 12:26
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This is insane. B and E are almost the same. I don't think there is a legit way to go about this.
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22 Sep 2018, 22:39
AshutoshB wrote:
Genuine happiness consists not in pleasurable feelings but instead in one's sense of approval of one's character and projects. Thus the happy life, in fact, tends to be thegood life, where the good life is understood not as it usually is these days--as a life of material well-being but rather as a morally virtuous life.

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

The connection between "one's sense of approval of one's character and projects" and "a morally virtuous life.
" is missing.
Option B fills this gaps perfectly.
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24 Sep 2018, 10:31
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Even I am unable to understand the reason we choose B over E. On negating E, the argument falls apart, doesn't it?
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Genuine happiness consists not in pleasurable feelings but instead in one's sense of approval of one's character and projects. Thus the happy life, in fact, tends to be thegood life, where the good life is understood not as it usually is these days--as a life of material well-being but rather as a morally virtuous life.

Summarize:

So happiness is achieved not through pleasurable feelings that are triggered by material well-being, but through leading a morally virtuous life that is achieved through one`s approval of one`s character and projects.

Here are two contrasting views, how genuine happiness is achieved.

The author gives arguments in favor of morally virtuous life. Hence we are concerned with people who are leading morally virtuous life.

Based on the information we summarized let`s make a safe assumption 

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

(A) A morally virtuous life requires the rejection of material well-being. this is not true, because one can lead a morally virtuous life but still can be a billionaire.

(B) People who approve of their own character and projects tend to lead morally virtuous lives. ( CORRECT, We are concerned with people leading a morally virtuous life. And author favors the view that people achieve genuine happiness through approval of ones opinions and projects. This in turn is called a morally virtuous life.

(C) Approval of one's own character and projects tends not to result in pleasurable feelings. ( this is cant be assumed because we don’t know. Finally pleasurable feelings don’t go against morally virtuous life, because if it were so, then leading morally virtuous life wouldn’t make sense  )

(D) Attaining happiness is the real goal of people who strive for material well-being. (we don’t know this, so out of scope)

(E) Material well-being does not increase one's sense of approval of one's character and projects.

First of all we are concerned with people leading a virtuous life, and not with material well-being.
Secondly, author in the argument favors morally virtuous life. we are not concerned with correlation between material wellbeing and increase of one`s approval, because author arguing in favor of virtuous life. so, out of scope.

guys maybe my explanation wll help
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