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# peculiar evil

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15 Sep 2008, 01:13
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race. It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Which one of the following best expresses the conclusion presented in the argument?

A. Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.

B. Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree.

C. Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression.

D. Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.

E. The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error

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15 Sep 2008, 01:36
Oof.....another one where I could not get anything out of it.

I will go for D....based on "the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit:"

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15 Sep 2008, 01:40
A.

Think all the question asks is identify the ultimate conclusion in the para.

B speaks about silencing the expresiion of opinion and those who dissent are the more affected lot but The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is the main conclusion here. the rest support the main conclusion.
hence [A].

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15 Sep 2008, 06:57
Nihit wrote:
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race. It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Which one of the following best expresses the conclusion presented in the argument?

A. Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.

B. Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree. --> not mentioned one side is better than the other.

C. Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression. --> Maybe? but not here in the argument.

D. Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit. --> It's just one of them.

E. The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error --> Telling me none.

So A should be the one.

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15 Sep 2008, 09:14
I chose A, but this one just seemed too easy if it was A.

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17 Sep 2008, 13:57
A.

what's the OA ?

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17 Sep 2008, 14:58
IMO A... mostly because this is the only option I could understand that is mentioned in the argument..

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17 Sep 2008, 19:26
Nihit wrote:
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race. It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
Which one of the following best expresses the conclusion presented in the argument?

A. Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race. -> this is correct since all the premises are given to prove this concl only

B. Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree. -> this is not a concl but a premise and may be sub concln

C. Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression. -> this is not mentioned anywhere OOS

D. Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit. -> this is just an inference

E. The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error -> this is extreme option hence eliminate

Concl:The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race.

PR1:It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it.
PR2 : If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

Clearly concl is (A)

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18 Sep 2008, 03:18
OA is A

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