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Many people dislike being criticized by others, so a frequent response

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Many people dislike being criticized by others, so a frequent response to criticism is to impugn the critic’s own behavior. This response is foolish, though, because the critic’s own behavior has little bearing on the validity of the critique being offered.

The reasoning in the argument above most closely parallels which of the following?

A. If someone is a smoker, it is foolish for that person to argue that smoking is unhealthy. If the individual truly believed that smoking was unhealthy, he or she would not smoke.

B. It would be foolish to criticize a philosopher’s argument that free will doesn’t exist simply because the philosopher acts as if there is free will.

C. In a situation where both parties are at fault, it would be foolish to admit wrongdoing first because neither party has the moral high ground.

D. It is silly to get upset when an individual lies to you. Everybody lies at some point or another, so there is no reason to get upset over such a common failing.

E. A critic should not attack a person for a fault the critic himself possesses. To do so would be foolish because it would reveal the critic as a hypocrite.

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Originally posted by SajjadAhmad on 17 Mar 2017, 02:42.
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New post 29 May 2017, 23:38
Hi Please provide explanation .
I answered option A which is wrong .
Also please guide how to tackle parallel reasoning questions as these question take a lot of time to answer.
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I picked B. For this question I basically eliminated the questions I found wrong.
Suppose that, for example, person Ann, who is careless, critcizes person Bob for being careless. The argument says it is foolish for Bob to criticize Ann for being careless because Ann's opinion on Bob is still valid, no matter whether Ann is careless or not.

Answer A is wrong because it talks about only 1 person - for a parallel argument, you would expect 2 people. Quick elimination.
Answer B - the philosopher is our equivalent of Ann and we are the equivalent of Bob in this case.
Answers C and D are irrelevant.
Answer E kind of goes against the original argument, which is not about hypocrisy.
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New post 08 Aug 2018, 23:21
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